Each year, most of us make a New Year’s resolution usually centered on health and exercise. These resolutions can lead to amazing changes, but sadly, many of us don’t see them through since we don’t anticipate the toll that increased exercise can have on the body. Many people, even active people, do not take into account the effects of their Holiday break. Having spent the last 2 weeks of the year, possibly indulging more than usual in food and/or alcohol, traveling away from home, or laying around we decide to wake up January 1st and hit the ground running on our health and exercise resolutions. It is no wonder so many of us give up within the first couple of weeks of the month.
Approaching resolutions like this is a shock to the system. Add in the fact that you are now back at work, returning to those horrible desk postures. The combination of those bad habits and our over zealous workout programs causes increased stress on our muscles and joints, making us more susceptible to injury. The trick is to start slow and light, gradually reintroducing exercise to give your body a fighting chance at success. And most importantly, listen to your body. It will give you signs; please don’t ignore them. The cause of over-stress and injury is pushing your body too hard and too soon. Also, you don’t recover properly after each workout. Don’t forget or skip a cool down and stretch, factor that time into your workout program.
It is equally important to add Massage Therapy into your health and exercise schedule. Massages aid in the prevention of injuries through increased tissue rejuvenation and regeneration, which enables faster recovery time and more effective workouts. Massage plays a pivotal role in workout recovery. So for anyone that exercises regularly, you should also be receiving massages regularly. It’s a necessity, not a luxury.
Physical and mental effects include increased:
As a general rule, I encourage patients to receive a 60-minute massage as follows:
Adding Massage Therapy to your health and exercise schedule is a relatively small change. But the benefits of Massage Therapy are major. It can take you from giving up or falling short on your resolutions, to creating a successful life change.
January 2017 Schedule your appointment with Leslie Jaeschke, LMT by calling the scheduling desk at 262.695.5311. Leslie’s expertise includes deep tissue, myofascial release, geriatric massage, cupping, and trigger point therapy.