ELEMENTS OF HEALTH: Staying flexible with massage

ELEMENTS OF HEALTH: Staying flexible with massage

Without even realizing, your flexibility level goes from a 10 to a 5 (or less) as you pass through your 20s, 30s, and so on. Stretching is an absolutely critical part of overall health and should be practiced just as often as exercising.

We know it’s important, but many don’t take the time to stretch daily or to include stretching in their exercise program. In addition to regular stretching, therapeutic massage is extremely beneficial to maintain and even increase your flexibility.

Flexibility becomes reduced for many reasons. It can be when we don’t stretch or use our muscles or when muscles are over-used, tight or inflamed. After exercise, lactic acid can build up and decrease your range of motion. When flexibility is reduced, we notice restriction of movement and increased pain.

Therapeutic massage will help both your muscles as well as your joints. Massage keeps your joints more fluid and makes them less injury prone. There is an extra benefit of helping to break up knots in muscles and tissues that restrict movement.

Some of the most common types of massage to help increase flexibility include:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage

While there are many similarities, each type of massage brings on a slightly different result. Deep tissue massage varies in pressure depending on your personal preference. It focuses on the soft tissues around your body and is great for relieving muscle tightness and inflammation.

Reducing restriction and increasing elasticity are some of the main benefits and focus of sports massage. Your massage therapist will typically focus more effort on the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints associated with the particular sport you are involved in. It can be more vigorous or intense than a deep tissue massage and it increases the muscle’s temperature.

Therapeutic massage will manipulate muscles and aims to relax and loosen them increasing flexibility and relieving stiffness and pain.

Working regularly with a professional massage therapist, with the goal of increasing your flexibility, is a great way to avoid pain and injury and maintain optimal health and wellness.

Your Elements Massage™ therapist will customize your massage so they concentrate on the parts of your body that are causing you pain or where movement is restricted. This Elements Promise™ guarantees that you’ll be satisfied with your massage. Visit elementsmassage.com today to find your local studio.

Elements of Health is sponsored by Elements Massage. The Franklin studio is located at 539 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite 140 Franklin, Tennessee 37067. The Brentwood studio is located at 782 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite 113 Brentwood, TN 37027. You can contact the Franklin studio at (615) 771-0003 or visit their website here. Visit the Brentwood website here or call (615) 730- 6806.

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