Getting a massage may sound like a luxury, but for many runners and those who exercise regularly, it is more of a necessity than an indulgence.
“Receiving a massage can not only help with the post workout soreness that can occur after working out, but it can also help improve performance and assist in recovery,” says Maggie Davis, licensed massage therapist. Maggie from Essential Synergy is the in-house massage therapist at Fitness 24-7 in Virginia Beach.
According to studies published in the Journal of Athletic Training and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, massage after exercise reduced the intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Jill Russell, certified personal trainer and Personal Training Program Coordinator, gets massages from Maggie at least once a month. “I do not go for relaxation purposes. I go solely for recovery and injury prevention,” says Jill. “Maggie helps relieve my muscle tightness and tension, specifically in my upper back and quads, that is a result of my workouts. It is obvious to me when I haven't been to Maggie in a few weeks -- my shoulders start to raise and I begin to feel pain between my shoulder blades. The combination of routine daily stretching and seeing Maggie is the sole reason I am able to stay injury free. “
“Regardless of how many times per week you workout, you're going to experience some type of muscle tension,” says Jill. “Even if you don't workout and sit behind a desk all day, massage therapy can help relieve the stress you build up in your neck and back from being seated and in a hunched over position all day.”
Massage therapists help relieve tension by applying the proper amount of movement and pressure to soften the tissues and fascia and alleviate the tension placed on the muscles and joints reducing adhesions and keeping the body loose, limber and pain free.
“There are various kinds of massage and talking with a massage therapist can help you decide which therapy is best for you,” says Maggie. “The best rule of thumb is to work regularly with a massage therapist and discuss where you are in your training, what events you’re participating in and when to monitor how your body best responds to massage.”
For more information about Fitness 24-7’s Massage Therapy services, click here. To schedule a massage, call or text Maggie at (757) 769-3588.