MASSAGE RELIEVES POST EXERCISE MUSCLE SORENESS…. but what causes that muscular soreness? To produce the energy needed to exercise, muscles burn stored glycogen. During exercise your muscles contract and lactic and carbonic acids build up within the muscle tissue. These acids are waste products of a muscle contraction. Until the acid levels return to normal in the muscle tissue, your muscles may feel sore, fatigued and you might even feel the burn!

How does massage help?.

Massage has been shown to increase muscle recovery much quicker than rest alone.
Massage helps to eliminate the soreness caused by lactic and carbonic acids.
It helps support the body’s own process of flushing these toxins away.
It helps lengthen muscles and tendons, assisting with injury prevention.
It enhances recovery from sprains and strains, as growth and repair of tissue is accelerated through increasing blood circulation to the injured area.

Why is massage so beneficial when you exercise?.

Regular exercise causes many changes within the body, including an increase in toxic waste build up, which can leave you with sore, painful and stiff muscles and joints.
Tiny micro tears also occur in the muscles during exercise and can develop into scar tissue over time. • Massage will assist and support your body in depositing of waste products and re-alignment of muscle fibres.
Stretching and self- massage with a foam roller should be done by people who regularly exercise or people training for an event, such as a marathon, to prevent tightness in hips, hamstrings and calves.
However, the one dimensional plain of these techniques can mean you don’t always feel as ‘free’ as you would like.
Massage works in different directions across the muscles, so you gain a greater result, which will potentially lead to improved performance, which could even help you to achieve your PB this year!

Good luck!.