Most people think getting massage is a luxury and is for relaxation. This can be true however getting massage is a necessity for the muscles and is too often ignored by most people. Massage is a great tool to help with relaxation and reducing stress but it also helps with blood flow, increasing flexibility and reduce joint tension. Massage can become expensive but there are ways to help reduce costs. My San Diego Chiropractors offers discounts for his patients as well as offer free 10 minute chair massages once a month. Many San Diego Chiropractors will also agree when you are getting massaged and adjusted you reduce risk of injury.
Massage is especially important for those who are just getting back into their workouts. When we haven't exercised for a while and begin again our muscles can really take a toll. Getting massage can help to increase recovery time and allow you to continue to keep working out! Keep in mind that massage can cause dehydration so it is extremely important to stay hydrated before and after your massage. Drinking water after your massage will also help to flush out any toxins that were stored in the muscles.
There are many different types of massages, so it is important to do your research about the therapist and their modalities. Although spa massages are nice and relaxing I would recommend seeing someone who works in a wellness center and who's main accomplishment is to give your muscles relief with a therapeutic style. Try to find a therapy center that also records your massages, problem areas and recommends after massage care such as stretches or particular exercises for your muscles. Always remember to hydrate before and after your massage, your muscles will thank you!