|Posted on 21 September, 2017 at 9:55|
If you work at a desk, chances are you have shoulder tension.
If you're lucky, your neck & shoulders might feel a little stiff after a long working day. If you're unlucky that stiffness can also cause pain in the shoulders and cause headaches.
So, you know the discomfort is caused by long hours sitting at a desk and you might throw in a few workouts during the week to help keep those muscles loose.
You might also find that sessions at the gym don't really help that much, or worse, leaves you with more tension and aches and pain in new areas!
This is where massage comes in...
If your muscles are already tight from overuse, or stiff from underuse, putting them under more stress from exercise is only going to make them tighter.
What you need to do first, is relax them down. This is done through gentle stretching such as yoga or massage.
I see so many people who work at a desk all day, then workout at the gym, and still can't find relief from their pain. Working out with tight muscles not only makes it harder, it also increases the risk of injury.
These days everyone knows that poor posture plays a big part in back and neck ache, but it's really difficult to correct it when you're fighting against muscles that are tight and tired.
Massage helps to relax the muscles down so they can recover and repair. Even though sitting at a desk is seditary, your muscles are still working hard to support the spine while sitting. Those muscles are then in the same position when you drive, and when you sit down and watch TV.
Through massage, muscles get a chance to relax, without having to do any work, so they get a chance to switch-off and rest. Deep tissue massage compresses and stretches the muscles, releasing the tension and nourishing the tissues with fresh oxegenated blood.
This not only leaves you feeling deeply relaxed, but you'll be able to workout more efficiently with less pain both during and after exercise.
So next time you feel aches, remember to gently stretch the area, and book yourself a massage.