Massages not only feels good, they also provide excellent recovery assistance for CrossFit athletes.
Getting a massage regularly once a month or more can help you reduce pain and risk of injury while increasing mobility so you can perform better.
During high intensity exercise, tensions and stress appear in the body that effect your performance and can be painful . Your body can naturally clear blockages over time and with rest, however massage can help speed up the process especially when you are working out often.
OTHER MASSAGE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Massage lengthens muscle fascia and relieves it back in place. This increases range of motion.
Increases blood flow and circulation getting more oxygen in your body.
Decreases anxiety and stress.
Helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints, tendons, nerves and bones.
BEST TIME TO RECEIVE A MASSAGE:
At least 45 minutes after you have completed your WOD for the day.
During recovery periods – rest days or deload weeks.
3 days before a competition or race. This will help improve your range of motion and mobility for your contest.
After a competition or race to help you recover quickly.
MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MASSAGE
You may find that your muscles are sore the next 24 – 48 hours after a massage. Some ways you can recover your body and get the most benefit from your massage include:
- Drink lots of water before and after your massage. Helps to flush anything unwanted out the body.
- Practice Yoga or stretching an hour or so after massage to assist the release of “toxins”.
- Use heat packs or having a warm bath with Epsom salts reduces muscle sensitivity.
- Have a good night of sleep.