When Larry Kent went for his first massage, at age 35, he was a bit nervous. The Chicago ad exec had faithfully worked out since his college days, and had the good fortune of an injury-free history. The reason he went for a massage was that he had heard it might help improve his workout.
“I am pretty much in the maintenance mode,” he said, “and 출장마사지 in the winter I tend to lay back a bit, using lighter weights and having shorter workouts.” Then spring arrived and Larry realized it wouldn’t be long before he was going shirtless at the beach. “It was harder to ramp up my routine,” he admitted. “I thought it was the aging process–but I knew that 35 isn’t that old.”
He didn’t attribute it to his demanding job, since he’d worked in the field for years and felt accustomed to the pace. In fact, going to the gym after work was how he decompressed. But the years of stress had, indeed, had an effect. After the massage, and a subsequent one, his workouts were easier.
Were his muscles manipulated in a way that improved his lifting? Were toxins drained from his body that were limiting his growth? These are questions that will get you different answers, with no specific science to prove one way or the other.
As Larry discovered, a massage can do more than just feel good. The three things it has been proven to do–relieve stress, improve your posture, and decrease muscle imbalance–can help your workout in better ways than you imagined.
The stress relief that a massage provides is definitely a workout-booster, according to Michael Elder, Chicago, an ACE-certified personal trainer who is also a C.M.T. (certified massage therapist, a national designation). Even though the idea of massage pushing toxins out of the muscles hasn’t yet been definitively established, it is known that stress creates toxins in the body, and relieving the stress is immediately possible with massage.
The other beneficial factor is posture. Massage can improve your posture, and even if you think your posture is fine, few people have perfect posture. Sure, you might not slump, but there could be other small, incorrect patterns you physically express day after day that are hindering your posture. The improved alignment provided by a massage can help your muscles work better while you’re in the gym. It’s like the old saying that using proper form is more important than using heavy weights in the gym. That slight improvement in your posture can make a major difference when it comes to lifting heavy weights. As an example, explains Elder, the lat pull-down and seated row are two “postural” exercises that can be strongly affected by the posture you use.