Gone at it hammer and tong at the gym and feeling so stiff you’re not sure you can ever get off the sofa again (never mind anywhere near a running machine)?
Fear not, a tailored massage could get you back on track again!
We’ve all been there. You’ve overdone it on the workout front, and your glutes and thighs are in such agony that it takes you a day just to get down the stairs! Or perhaps you’ve gone overboard on the squats and you feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame – or you’ve done so many crunches that your abs hurt like hell when you laugh or sneeze?
Massage therapist, Steve, says almost every kind of muscle stiffness has the same cause – meaning the same kind of massage, simply focusing on the affected area, will ease the stiffness.
No matter where muscle stiffness occurs in the body, its causes are the same: build-up of lactic acid, toxins in the muscle and/or shortening of the muscle, explains Steve.
And there are three crucial reasons why a massage post-exercise is one of the most effective ways of sorting it out.
- ‘A good massage gets the blood circulating around those muscles again after exercise. It also helps with lymphatic drainage – getting all those toxins out of the muscle, and it encourages the muscles to elongate back again – because commonly after exercise, muscles shrink, causing more pain,’ he says.
- If muscle stiffness is a chronic, ongoing problem (eg. after an injury), it may take several sessions to reap the greatest benefits. If you’ve just been a little over enthusiastic in your last workout – or recently run a marathon (!), a single session can help hugely, adds Steve.
- ‘Having regular massage actually helps you train better and train stronger,’ says Steve. ‘That’s why top athletes will have a massage a day! I can’t recommend them highly enough.’
Who are we? We’re Urban Massage – on a mission to make wellness rituals convenient and accessible without compromising on quality. So from just £49 an hour, you can enjoy a range of massages from an expert therapist at a time to suit you. Download the app or go to urbanmassage.com to book 60 minutes of restorative me time.