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How Well Does a Massage Work?

How Well Does a Massage Work?If you have ever had a massage, you know that they feel great. They can help to relax the entire body, eliminating stress. For some people, they help relieve a headache, and for others, a massage is part of their weekly or monthly plan for having what is called “me” or alone time.

There are various different kinds of massages that can be given. Some like using relaxation massages while others swear by deep tissue massages. Cupping massages are an alternative that many will use while others prefer to use barefoot massages. Warm bamboo massages can feel great to many individuals that want their muscles to relax while others like Thai Yoga massages.

All of the massages listed above are said to relieve tension in the body, as well as melt away stress. Others state that pain and discomfort are dissolved. No matter what, body massages do lower the toxicity levels of the body, increase blood circulation, improves Lymphatic drainage, and improves muscle tone and flexibility. Massages have been known to reduce fatigue, improve sleep quality, reduce fibromyalgia pain, enhance exercise performance, decrease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, decrease pain in those that suffer from arthritis, improve balance in older adults, help chronic neck pain, and manage lower back pain.

But how well does massage work? Well, this is a question that can be tricky to answer. According to a massage therapist at the University of Alberta, the answer is not always right in front of us.

Massages are difficult to measure how well they work. While there are benefits for the body and mind in massage, one thing that should always be done at a massage is fulfilling the needs of the client and addressing their main concerns.

A massage therapist should be connecting with the four major physiological systems while trying to manipulate the soft tissue which can obtain favorable results for the client.

The neuromuscular system will be addressed while a massage is taking place. This not only includes the muscles but the nerves as well. Muscles that are tight or weak can be worked on.

The second part of the body that a massage therapist will work on will be the connective tissues. Tendons, ligaments, scar tissues, and cartilage fall into this category. Range of motion can be increased when a massage works on these places.

The circulatory system can benefit by increasing the blood flow to the tissue. More oxygen will be delivered this way and metabolic waste can be gotten rid of.

And finally, the autonomic system can benefit from a massage as it helps to regulate the heart rate. Using massage on this system can help individuals calm down when anxious or stressed out.

One of the best things about massages is that after a person has had one, they will feel the effects for a long while afterward.

Research has found that massages do help with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. The reasoning for this is because a soft massage can decrease anxiety and aggressiveness.

“We can gain some insight by working with other disciplines in medicine and science such as physiotherapy, sports medicine, and chemistry. They have the ability to measure the different molecular structures within blood and tissues, and then we can see if we’re making a difference as massage therapists,” Deborah McIntyre stated.

If you are looking for a massage therapist that can help out various conditions you may have, consider trying Maria’s Professional Massage. Here you will find a high-quality massage that uses various techniques and modalities to help any condition you want to treat.

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Topical Pain Relief And Sport Massages

Topical Pain Relief And Sport MassagesMore and more people are turning to various exercises as a way to get healthy. Many attend weekly yoga classes, others swim daily, and some find a combination of running and walking do the trick. However the more a person exercises, the more likely they are to develop an injury.

But the good news is there are ways to relieve pain when one does get injured. One of the key elements in feeling better is to have a sports massage done. The best kind of sport massage will include the use of topical pain relief products. These products can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Those that use sport massage can find great relief when incorporating topical pain products into their healing schedule. A therapist could use a topical spray to the affected area. It can then be wrapped or kinesiology tape can be placed over it. The therapist may also recommend a therapeutic balm to nourish the skin overnight. This balm can also increase the circulation to the painful area, which will help to lessen the aches. The skin will also be soothed when it is rubbed in.

Sports massages work great with topical pain relief for many reasons. They contain a variety of ingredients (ginger, ho wood, and turmeric) that help to prevent muscle aches and stiffness. These ingredients also warm the aching muscles so they can relax and assist in increasing circulation to the area that is injured.

Other ingredients that work well with sports massages include witch hazel for diminishing pain and fatigue and arnica to help with pain and inflammation. Pain can also be managed with magnesium sulfate.

Chili pepper extract, known as Capsaicin, is a very effective ingredient for pain. This hot topical pain relief works well to soothe the area, causing an analgesic effect. Many receiving sports massages have excellent results with this product.

Sports massages can be done in a variety of ways. Fascia work is often done to open up different muscle groups. Lymphatic work can be done if the area is inflamed or swollen.

If you want a massage that allows the use of topical pain relievers, consider using kinetic chain release. In this sports massage, the person is fully clothed. Large areas that are injured, such as the back or shoulders, have a great effect when a sports massage is used in combination with topical pain relief.

After a sports massage, you should consider taking a bath with either juniper, arnica, or magnesium bases. This will help the injured area heal faster.

If you have been injured while playing a sport or exercising, you know how painful it can be to heal. Sports massages can help one heal faster and bring relief. If you need a sports massage to help your pain, consider contacting Maria’s Professional Massage offers sports massages that utilize several techniques and modalities. Not only will you heal your body, but you will bring a sense of peace and relaxation to yourself, which is essential in today’s busy world!

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How Massage Therapy Can Supercharge Your Health

How Massage Therapy Can Supercharge Your HealthLately, people are looking forward to discovering ways of staying healthy until a late age, which is nothing but great news. We all know how important is to pay your doctor a visit regularly or stick to a daily – if your schedule allows it – exercise routine, combined with a healthy diet.

On the other side, it’s less known that proper massage therapy, conducted by a professional, can also have a huge impact on one’s health. In fact, let’s take a few moments and see which are the essential benefits of this type of therapy!

It relieves stress

There’s no doubt that this is one of the main benefits massage therapy comes with. It was scientifically proven that being constantly exposed to stress can increase the risk of heart disease, but also diabetes or hypertension, so getting massage regularly is pretty much one of the best things one can try in order to deal with what’s called “the disease of the 21st century”.

A massage session can be an intensely relaxing experience, as you’re simply lying back and feel how the tension ‘living’ your muscles is immediately going away.

It helps you get better sleep

The lack of sleep can also be a tremendous problem, affecting the majority of adults in the United States and leading to a range of chronic conditions, like cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, or even obesity. But guess what? Massage therapy can be one of the best solutions to it.

By getting rid of muscle tension and setting a moment in the day when you slow down a bit, you can enter a prolonged state of intense relaxation, which can last long after the massage session.

No more high blood pressure

How many times did you analyze your diet? Just do it once and you’ll most likely notice that you are eating too much…salt. Yes, salt, and this has a negative impact on your blood pressure, placing a strain on the heart, leading to hypertension and increasing the risk of a stroke.

It was proven that massage therapy can contribute to reducing high blood pressure, lowering systolic, as well as diastolic blood pressure. Also, according to recent research, it regulates the levels of cortisol, the hormone responsible for raising the pressure.

It strengthens the immune system

Recent studies have proven that massage can significantly improve the response of the immune system. Specifically, people who started massage therapy admitted experiencing a notable spike in the production of lymphocytes, the cells responsible for protecting your body from diseases.

Combined with its stress relieving ‘powers’, a massage session could be incredibly helpful for anybody who wants to maintain their immunity at top levels.

So, supercharging your health through massage sounds like an excellent idea, don’t you think? If you’re located in the Clearwater area, Maria is the one who can help you. Combining multiple massage types, including Ashiatsu, Cupping, Deep Tissue, or even Warm Bamboo, with her modern anatomical knowledge and the philosophy of Asian culture, she is the one who can introduce you to massage therapy and its full benefits.

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Looking Forward To Losing Weight? Then Start Eating Less!

How to Lose Weight. Then Start Eating Less!One popular belief says that in order to lose some weight and obtain that slim look you always wanted, you need to exercise like crazy. Well, it’s time to bust the myth: That’s not true. You can lose more weight if you start eating less, instead of exercising. Actually, you can do it by paying more attention to what you’re eating and don’t exercise at all.

The idea is simple: in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Exercising consumes far fewer calories than many people think. Let’s say that you go for a 30 minutes jog. In that amount of time, you manage to burn less than 350 calories, as long as you have a constant pace, but more people can’t do this, so the amount of burnt calories is smaller.

Sure, exercising has its benefits, but there are way more problems with it when it comes to relying on it to control your weight. And studies also confirm this.

A 2011 meta-analysis – a study of studies, that is – found that being active is not actually the key determinant in whether a child reached an unhealthy weight. As for the adult population, studies had difficulties finding if a physically active person is less likely to gain excess weight than a person who can be considered sedentary.

Besides all these, it’s important to mention that exercise increases appetite. Therefore, if you go for a jog – or any other type of exercise – it’s somehow difficult to lose weight if you can’t control your appetite, as your body will send signals, asking you to replace them.

But we’re not saying that exercise and maintaining a good fitness state plays no role in your mission.

Adding exercise to diets is definitely beneficial! The idea is to combine exercise with diet, for more sustained weight loss, but for longer periods, like at least a year. Studies have shown that doing this for shorter periods, like six months, made little to no difference.

Therefore, why this belief that only by exercising you can drop some pounds? It’s actually very simple.

A lot of people can manage to find at least an hour in their daily schedule to go to the gym, but complain that they don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal, able to help them with their weight loss efforts. The truth is that if they would try spending just half the time they dedicate to exercising to prepare a healthy meal, they would see much better results.

Last but not least, we need to mention one more aspect that has a big impact on your weight: stress. It is highly recommended to totally avoid it and your fitness can significantly improve.

A great way to relieve the pressure of everyday life is through massage. Thanks to specialized training and years of experience, as well as an Asian heritage, Maria’s Professional Massage can help you obtain a healthier mind and body.

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How To Stay Young And Natural For A Long Time

Anti-Aging Tips: How To Stay Young And Natural For A Long TimeDay by day, we keep seeing tons of ads for various products, promising to keep us looking as young as possible. Apparently, people are terrified by the idea of getting older and try to hide any signs age puts on their faces. Sure this can be done with make-up, intense training, a healthy lifestyle and, why not, some Botox.

But these do cost. A lot.

What if we told you that there are a few secrets of how can one stay young and have a great health, without using any of the above-mentioned things? Let’s take a few moments, relax, and see what can you do…

Take a break

If you’re reading this while on a comfortable chair, you’re on the right path, as one of the most important things you can do is to give yourself a break from time to time.

According to recent studies, stress causes physical changes in the body, thus accelerating the aging process. These days, there are stress factors all over, so the most effective way to break this destructive chain of events is to meditate. Even if it’s for as little as 10 minutes per day.

Pick a quiet place, close your eyes, fully relax and breathe deeply. Then thank us in a few years.

Be active

Besides helping you lose weight and being excellent for your health, regular exercise is also great for toning muscles, building healthier bones and – very important – boost your mood and help you think clearly.

Actually, there’s a connection between physical exercise and better brain power!

“Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center on Aging. “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.”

A few short workouts per week are a great start. Running, biking, swimming, you name it. If it gets you off the couch, your health can improve and you will stay young!

Drink some wine

Believe it or not, a study showed that mice on a high-fat diet supplemented with a substance found in the skin of grapes had way longer average lifespans than those who weren’t given the substance.

Resveratrol, the substance we’re talking about, reduces the risk of diabetes and liver problem in mice, besides other benefits. So basically, if you’re drinking one glass of wine per day, you’re constantly helping it to maintain its health. Just make sure you keep it within the limits.

Consume more good fat

This can be a pretty surprising piece of advice, but we’re actually talking about fats that are good for your health, like Omega-3 fatty acids, like the ones found in salmon. These play an important role in stabilizing your mood, as well as maintaining bone structure and helping prevent visible signs of aging, something we’re all after.

“Omega-3s also boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to pull fat out of storage — from your hips, say — and use it as energy,” says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a leading anti-aging expert and author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. “Omega-3s keep you healthy and your skin radiant.”

As mentioned above, the best way to start this journey is to relax from time to time. Meditation can be great, but sometimes, nothing compares to a good massage. And Maria knows exactly how to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health and well-being.

Schedule an appointment today and embark on the road to obtaining a healthier body and mind.

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Ever Wondered How Often it’s Recommended to Get a Massage

How Often it's Recommended to Get a MassageConsidering how often people complain about having a life filled with stress and body fatigue, there’s no surprise that massage saloons have more clients than ever. And these are just two of the main reasons why people are relying on such services to feel better.

If you’re a fan of massage yourself, however, you should be aware of a few aspects before deciding to put massage therapy into your regular wellness program. The frequency of your massage therapy completely depends on both your physical and emotional needs, but also your stress levels.

Is getting a massage way too often bad?

The idea is that getting a massage regularly – a few times a week, that is – will allow you to experience several health benefits. Still, this may not be right for each individual!
For example, if you have some injuries causing you pain or other back pains, you definitely need to consult a physician and see what it’s recommended in your case. Also, if you’re hoping to get rid of any type of pain after one massage session, we have some bad news for you: just like going to the gym for one month isn’t going to get you that summer body you always wanted, getting a massage one-time won’t fix an aching body.

If you’re hoping to get rid of muscle tension caused by poor posture, lack of exercise or stretching, or daily stress-buildup, regular visits with a massage therapist should become part of your routine.

What should I start with?

Ok, so it’s all set: you’ve made an appointment and are ready to experience your first massage session. The first thing you should do is to actually talk to your therapist. A great therapist should be a partner whom you trust and handle your body to, in order to ‘fix’ some of its problems.

Take a few moments and discuss your goals, fitness routine, your physical background – make sure you mention any injuries you experienced in the past – and anything else which could affect the way your sessions go. By being open and honest with your therapist you will help them determine how often you should meet.

Is there an exact number of recommended massage sessions per week?

Generally speaking, it’s recommended to schedule massage therapy more often during periods when your stress levels increase or when you have to deal with stress and pain associated with physical and mental conditions. Also, if you know that you have an important event coming up, which can have a negative impact on your stress levels, it’s also highly recommended to schedule a few extra massage sessions.

If you’re searching for an experienced therapist who can help you with this, Maria’s professional massage is one of the top services you can choose. With a diverse background and professional demeanor, she has a proven track record with a wide client base, located in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor Florida and Tampa Bay Area.

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How Can Massage Therapy Calm Your Mind and Improve Your Mood

Powerful Effects Of Massage Therapy On The Nervous System Your Mood And Improve Your MoodA massage session can have way more benefits than relieving back pain after a hard day at work! However, nowadays, things have been taken to a whole new level, as more and more people are trying massage therapy, a concept with some exceptional benefits. Let’s find out exactly how it works and why it’s actually so good for you!

What is massage therapy?

During a therapy session, a specialist manipulates your muscles, as well as other soft tissues, in order to enhance their function, but also induces relaxation. It’s not a new practice, though, as it has been used in China for more than 3,000 years, a lot of people revealing that it even help them get rid of depression, in a certain extent.

The truth is that a great massage has beneficial effects on our bodies, releasing hormones which create a sense of an emotional connection, thus calming your mind and improve your mood significantly.

How can massage therapy help relieve depression?

Let’s put things straight: if you’re suffering from depression, massage therapy probably won’t help you get rid of it completely. However, it can have a major impact on helping you relieve some of the physical symptoms associated with it.

To be more specific, we’re referring to sluggishness, back pain, joint pain, as well as muscle aches. Besides this, it’s also great against fatigue and other sleep problems.
What does massage therapy involve?

Now that we are aware of its benefits, let’s take some time and see what massage therapy actually involves. After all, it’s far from being just your average back rub.

During the therapy, your therapist will perform various moves, like rubbing, stretching, and applying pressure to the muscles in your body. However, there are various styles of massage, some of them including over-the-clothes touching, while others involve direct contact with the skin. Usually, the latter is made using scented oils, acupuncture needles, warm stones, or even some complex twisting poses.

Currently, these are the styles which can be encountered the most across the United States:

Swedish massage: By far the most common form. The therapist applies smooth and circular actions to your muscles, helping them relax.

Chair massage: Unlike most styles, this one doesn’t require sitting on a massage bed, but on a special chair, then leaning forward into a headrest. It consists of short sessions and you don’t need to remove any clothing.

Deep tissue massage: Preferred among athletes and not only, this type of massage therapy focuses on the muscles that are the closest to your bones, but their connective tissues as well.

Shiatsu: Expect some firm pressure during a therapy session including this massage, as it’s very similar to acupuncture. Compared to other types of massage though, Shiatsu massage implies more pressure, but it doesn’t produce any stiffness shortly after.

Reflexology: The therapist applies pressure to specific areas of your body, believed to correspond with the most important systems and organs in your body.

Aromatherapy: The main ‘attraction’ of this type of massage therapy is that it also implies scented oils, these being great for reducing stress and boosting your energy.

Hot stone massage: Your therapist places warm flat stones on your body, in an attempt to relax your muscles and relieve tension.

Benefits of massage therapy

Obviously, if performed by a professional, massage therapy is safe and provides immediate gratification, helping you feel relaxed and calm. As for its ability to combat depression, combined with a more conventional treatment, like medication or psychotherapy, it can deliver some great results.

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Want To Improve Your Running? This Is How Massage Can Help You!

Want To Improve Your RunningA top runner is never alone, as he or she is constantly surrounded by an entire team who makes sure that everything is going well. And you know who plays one of the most important roles? The professional massage therapist.

Runners say that massages help them to get through muscle tension with ease, but also improves their range of motion and make them feel relaxed after putting a lot of effort into a training session.

Overall, everything sounds great, but is there any scientific evidence supporting the idea that sport massage can improve performances?  According to practitioners, these moves relieve muscle soreness, promote circulation, flush toxins and lactic acid from the body, but also ease joint strain. And these claims are actually supported by evidence from several countries. But unfortunately, nothing had been confirmed by science until just recently.
Therapists reveal that sport massage can’t actually push toxins out of the muscles and into the bloodstream. Science also says that there’s no actual physiological way for this to happen. Also, it can’t flush lactic acid from muscles either. Basically, the pain after an intensive training session remains there, no matter how much massage you’re getting.
On the other side, sport massage applies a moving pressure to muscle, as well as other tissues, like ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Simply put, the energy applied to the body softens fascia tissue and helps muscles relax It also removes adhesions between fascia and muscles, which is great, especially for those who are new to running. Since they put a lot of pressure on limber joints and muscles, this surely comes in handy.

But to answer our initial question, if massage can actually help you improve your running, let’s talk about another science-backed fact. A series of studies discovered that massage after exercise – running, in our case – can reduce the intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness. Or, if you prefer, that peg-legged feeling you get a few days after running for a long distance.

Moving on, another research found less inflammation in massaged limbs, while the recovery in muscle function was up to 60 percent faster. Considering all these, we can say that the answer is ‘yes’. All runners, including beginners, can benefit from sport massage. Getting rid of that soreness that comes immediately after starting a new sport makes people likely to stick with it for a long period.

The good part is that you don’t need a specialized person for this, as you can opt for special foam rollers, allowing you to massage yourself with ease. On the other side, if you prefer specialized massage sessions, Maria’s Professional Massage can offer you the services you need.

Combining the knowledge of professional massage training with customs and practices of her Asian heritage, Maria can help you recover from an intense workout. Schedule an appointment today and get rid of that soreness in your muscles instantly!

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Top 8 Benefits Of Deep Tissue Massage

Benefits Of Deep Tissue MassageA good massage therapy can always perform a miracle on your body. Reduced pain, stress relief or a general feeling of happiness are just a few benefits of a deep tissue massage. For you to know more and be informed, we’ve prepared a list of advantages this treatment can have for you and your body.

1. Helps in lowering high blood pressure

A deep tissue massage is ideal for people who have to deal with high blood pressure. 45-60 minutes of such threat and you’ve got yourself a viable solution to treat hypertension.

2. Prevents scar tissue

It’s always hard to recover after an accident, both physically and mentally. And the fact that a scar tissue may develop, causing stiffness and uneasiness followed by pain doesn’t help you get back on track. Fortunately, we know a type of massage which can speed up the recovery by reducing inflammation in the affected area.

3. Reduces arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is something that eats you piece by piece, causing chronic joint pains and stiffness. To remove the pain, a firm massage is highly recommended.

4. Treats back pain

In the modern era, where people often spend up to 10 hours sitting at a desk, back pain has become something very common. But with deep tissue massage significantly reducing chronic lower back pain, there’s always a solution. A pleasant one, we would add.

5. Handles labor pain

We don’t need to tell how much pain pregnant women experience, especially if you are or have been in this category. Depression, anxiety, and leg, back pain, you name it. But a deep tissue massage comes like Tom Brady to save the day. Just like the superstar, it can’t always perform a miracle, yet it has enough super powers to make things better.

6. Diminishes fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common disorder that feels like a widespread pain. On short-term, deep tissue massages can ease the pain, but if the symptoms are getting worse, you should consult a specialist.

7. Aids recovery in athletes

Deep tissue massages can do wonders for the body, such as increased blood flow, reduced muscle tension, and an increased sense of well-being. Therefore, it becomes a veritable Fountain of Youth for athletes, with positive effects on recovery and on the severity of muscle soreness.

8. Reduces stress

Starting with our job, friends or even family, everyone and everything can become a stress factor. A deep tissue massage can represent the perfect solution for you to increase the production of a hormone called oxytocin. Why? Because it creates positive emotions, and your social interactions will change for the better.

Our lives have become more stressful and it’s essential for our well-being to find solutions to relieve the pressure that comes with such feelings. Combining professional massage training with Asian heritage, Maria can provide a unique massage experience, one that can help you obtain a healthier body and a fresh mind. Regular massage therapy sessions with her can even change your life in a lot of good ways!

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New to Running: Is a Massage Right for You?

New to Running: Is a Massage Right for You?For many athletes, but especially runners and those that do long distance jogging alike, such strenuous exercise can have a serious toll on the body, from physical weakness to soreness, and even strains, sprains – or worse breakage. However, have no fear, as most if not all of these injuries can be prevented!

In fact, that’s exactly why a massage for runners can be so valuable. And, while it might sound silly or unusual, even the most professional, successful athletes can tell you and attest to regular messages being key to both performance and recovery. Getting a deep tissue or ‘sports massage’ regularly when physically active in sports can be very beneficial to both your physical and mental health.

One of the greatest benefits of a massage for runners is the positive impact it has on the overall cardiovascular and circular system. You see, how and when blood – with oxygen – and other nutrients is delivered throughout your body, into your muscles, will heavily dictate likelihood of performance, recovery time, and ability to do better the next time you go out there. Muscle tightness and range of motion will also be greatly improved over time with regular sports massages, but consistency is key.

A connected benefit to regular massages is that it can also help to motivate your body to more rapidly expel unwanted metabolic waste – and other unneeded acids. In fact, many pains, aches, and other soreness frequently associated with such waste can be eliminated, providing you with a smoother, and faster recovery. For athletes, especially bodybuilders, a message is likewise extremely variable. Similarly, that is, for its same muscle-restoring, strengthening, and injury-preventative properties.

Just know, and try to keep in mind that there are various types of massages – and masseuses- therefore it’s critical you ensure you are going to the right, licensed, and experienced sports masseuse or physical therapist that’s going to give you the right kind of deep tissue massage. When done correctly, it can also promote muscle repair and growth which means bigger, faster gains and performance.

Lastly, and this is often overlooked, but a regular massage for runners helps to ensure they are properly prepared or are ‘stretched out’ prior to any major race or competition. So, don’t ever underestimate the preventative value of a sports massage. Ideally, if possible, try to go with a licensed masseuse that is recommended by your physician or another massage specialist.

Remember, getting a massage doesn’t have to be every week – or even every two weeks for that matter. Depending on you and your current physical activity levels, it’s never too late to start getting regular sports massages.

NOTE: If you think you may already have an injury, have recently hurt yourself running, or during another physical sport or activity it is recommended that you first seek medical attention and care before getting a massage for runners.

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