A massage is not just a luxury to indulge in. Massage therapy it is a very, very important form of self-care and, like everything we offer at EPIC, the real health benefits it provides are proven by science!

Massage therapy is actually the perfect compliment to your functional training. There are loads of studies that show a post-training massage can not only help to improve muscle recovery but can actually improve muscular strength. Of course, you still need to put in the hard work of your training but how amazing does that sound?! And it’s totally true!

The Proof

One study asked participants to run up and down five flights of stairs, 20 times (woah.). About half the participants then had their calves massaged while the other half didn’t. Researchers learned that strength was greater in the group that received the massage. They noted that it should be at least a 10-minute massage on the worked-out muscles to have a substantial effect … 10 whole minutes. Not a bad way to add to your strength training repertoire!

Receiving massages after a workout puts you more in-tune with your body which might actually help you while you are in your next training session. Instead of focusing on the weight you are trying to lift, it is easier to focus on the contraction of the muscles doing the lifting or supporting the movement. This might sound like a small change in perspective, after all, you’re main objective to lift that weight is still the same, however it can have a big impact on how effective your workouts are and can lead to faster results, improving tone and conserving energy.

We mentioned earlier that massage therapy is also used to help muscles recover faster. It reduces inflammation, improves blood flow, and eases muscle tightness but why? Another study had participants go all out on stationary bikes. After one session they had a leg biopsied sans-massage and after the second session they had one leg massaged, one not but both biopsied. These researchers were able to prove that a post-workout massage reduced the production of cytokines, a compound that plays a vital role in inflammation. In reducing this production, massage therapy actually suppresses inflammation, helping the muscle to adapt and recover faster.

Not only does massage therapy aid physically but mentally as well. It has been proven to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress by activating the sympathetic nervous system and neurotransmitters. With an increase in “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine researchers noticed a decrease in the stress hormone, cortisol. It’s like pressing reset on your brain!

Any negative side effects with massage therapy? None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. There are only positives! Who wouldn’t want to feel more centered, energized, happy, and pain-free?! Does it get any better? Yes. The results are pretty much immediate. In our health clinic we offer Registered Massage Therapy.  Look at the schedule and book yourself in below! We offer a variety of massage types including Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Cranial Sacral, and Californian. You can book a session now to treat your mind and body to the care you deserve.