Are you a serious athlete and need bodywork or “FIX IT” work, weekend warrior, stressed out professional, or student? Maybe you are going through tough life issues, have athletic injuries or just want to keep that body tuned up and healthy? Then Ashiatsu massage may by the tool to help you maintain your physical fitness regime, including your cardiovascular (cardio) health.
But, you ask, how specifically can massage enhance exercise performance and improve my cardio health? You may also wonder what studies have been completed that show decisively that your massage time after exercise gives measurable results. A study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health in 2010 asking this very question. The study examined the safety and feasibility of measuring the effects of exercise massage on exercise performance and cardiopulmonary response. The following is a summary of some of the findings.
In adults, massage therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and delayed the onset of pain. The reported cardiopulmonary effects of massage therapy include reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, increase in peak flow and forced vital capacity, and improvement in comfort, pain, anxiety, and tension after cardiac surgery. There is also evidence to suggest that post-exercise massage may be helpful in reducing delayed-onset muscle soreness. In addition, massage is effective in enhancing perception of recovery after exercising, which may lead to improvement in subsequent performance. Reference
This study reinforces that getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year.