Being a fitness trainer, it’s literally my job to be as active as possible, and I spend a lot of time working out both in the gym and outdoors. Exercise is an incredibly potent tool to make your body and mind stronger and healthier, but it also takes its toll. Sore muscles, stiffness, pain, and exhaustion are common after a workout, so I’m always looking for ways to relax and recover from all the physical intensity I put my body through! Getting older also makes it a little harder to bounce back from a tough gym session or spin class. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in great shape in my late 40’s and I feel fantastic, especially on my Cruise Control Fasting program. But my body definitely “complains” more than it did in my 20’s. And of course, our high-stress society is another factor that can wreak havoc on our bodies.
One of my favorite ways to unwind and destress is with a soothing massage. It’s a truly ancient therapy that dates back thousands of years to civilizations that believed in its healing benefits. The hands-on techniques used in massage have been shown to increase circulation, relieve anxiety and tension, reduce stress, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body.
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When we work out, our body’s soft tissue areas — including muscles, tendons, and connective tissue — can get tight, sore, and tense. Studies show that therapeutic massage is really effective for reducing muscle tension, pain and stress, and other researchers have found that massage can also have a positive impact on anxiety and digestive disorders.
After an intense workout or just after a long, stressful day, a massage really boosts my sense of emotional and physical well-being. Taking some time to relax and unplug with this professional-level device definitely helps me work out all the kinks! Whether I’m trying to get some relief in an acute pain area, reduce overall muscle tension, or just enjoy some relaxation, massage therapy has become a really important part of my personal wellness routine.
Another great benefit of massage is that it helps release toxins from your system. Massage causes chemicals to be released within the body, which