As winter sets in and we dig into the holiday feasting season, we’ll probably be thinking about how we’re going to keep on top of our fitness efforts. Getting outdoors is ideal for those who like to hike or take trips to the mountains for winter snow sports. Then there is also indoor workouts like yoga or the gym. However you like to stay in shape, it’s important to combine these sports with a complementary modality of stretching or massage therapy to avoid injury or overuse, especially in winter when it takes the body longer to warm up for strenuous activities.
Often we are so eager to get moving, we forget that the body needs recovery time, and not just before a workout, but afterwards too. A massage is not only good for the body, but also an excellent remedy for those overwhelming holiday feelings, and it’s a great way to treat ourselves to surviving another busy year!
Whether you would like to treat an existing injury or prevent one from happening, sports massage is by far the most appropriate type of massage. You should also know, despite the name, sports massage is not only for sports people but for anyone who suffers from aches, pains, stiffness, body tension, or knots on the muscles - even if this is all caused from just sitting at desk for long periods of time! Sports massage therapists, for example, can help with some problems that are causing posture and alignment issues.
Thai massage is different from other types of massage in a few ways, like assisted yoga postures are implemented to stretch the muscles, and you stay clothed for this massage. Although this may sound intimidating, you can communicate with your therapist so that they adjust the degree of pressure and stretching according to your needs and comfort. With the help of another person, you can take your stretching to a new level that will improve your overall sports performance or aid with general stiffness.
Hot Stone massage
Hot stone massage is not only be extremely relaxing, but it’s also a great way to warm and loosen the muscles quickly, allowing a therapist to work into the muscles sooner and go more deeply. Smooth, heated stones are placed on the skin or moved over the body with the therapist’s hands. Essential oils or lotions help to glide the stones over your skin. Once the magic of the hot stones begin to work, a therapist can implement all types of massage techniques to help heal your body.
If you haven’t tried one of the above types of massage yet, give us a call and book your appointment. Your body will thank you for it! Or, even better, book a massage for someone else as a gift this holiday season!