Should You Add Massage to Your Program?


Woman Getting a Massage

Massage therapy can be an essential part of anyone's weight loss program. Massage offers many benefits that supports the body's efforts to lose weight. While people often think of massage as a spa therapy, it is well known for its therapeutic benefits as well. Massage therapists can help people who are trying to lose weight by improving their flexibility and increasing their range of motion through various movements used in the massage session.

Improves Circulation and Removes Toxins

Deep tissue massage not only manipulates the muscle tissues, it also works on the arteries and veins. This helps to improve circulation as well as stimulate the lymphatic system. While the blood carries much needed oxygen and nutrients, the lymphatic system carries away the toxins and byproducts that are created through various functions in the body. A good example of this is lactic acid. Lactic acid is produced by muscles and is carried away by the lymphatic system, preventing muscle cramps and tightness once exercise is over.

Strengthens the Muscles

Massage therapy involves manually moving the muscles. This helps to stimulate the growth of new muscle fibers, increasing strength and endurance. A one hour, deep tissue massage, can provide the same benefits as a one hour workout in the gym. Regular massages can help to strengthen many groups of muscles that don't receive a proper workout in other types of routines.

Helps to Burn Away Additional Calories

Manually working the muscles also creates heat deep in the heart of the muscle, allowing the tissue to begin to burn more calories. Because the heat was created within the muscle itself, it will continue to burn calories for several hours after the massage is over. This is the same process that occurs after exercise.

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