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Benefits of Massage for Men

Massages are typically thought of as something people get just to relax. That is, it’s considered to be a strictly luxury item only purchased when you have some extra cash and spare time. However, there are real, tangible benefits to getting a massage. Men in particular might be reluctant to the idea of getting a massage. But research shows male massage carries numerous benefits that go beyond relaxing tense muscles.

Reduces Stress

The obvious benefit of male massage is its ability to instill a sense of relaxation. However, feeling relaxed goes hand-in-hand with reducing stress levels. By reducing your heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels, massage cuts back on stress and leaves you feeling relaxed. As you can see, this has significant health implications, especially for those who may be at risk for heart disease. Even a brief massage can work wonders for calming your mind and body. And it doesn’t even have to be a full body massage. Just a simple neck or foot rub can do the trick just as well.

Improves Mood

Along with reducing stress, male massage can lower the likelihood of depression. When your overall feelings of stress are reduced, you’re left with an improved mood and higher amounts of serotonin in the blood. That’s quite a bit more beneficial than just getting a knot out of a tight muscle, right? Especially if you find life to be overwhelming at times, massage could be just what you need.

Reduces Pain

Whether you’re an athlete or work at a computer all day, something must be said for how massage can reduce pain, especially for neck and back problems. Whether you have a kink in your neck or a tight lower back, massage techniques can be employed to relax muscles and increase your body’s ability to deal with pain by releasing serotonin. Massage techniques can also be employed on other parts of the body as well to relieve cramping and pain, like in the legs and feet.

Increases Flexibility

If you find that your muscles are too tight or you’re experiencing a limited range of motion, massage can help to improve your situation. Massaging the spot where muscles connect with tendons can improve your range of motion and overall flexibility. Areas where this kind of male massage is usually employed are the knees, elbows, and hip flexors. Even a brief massage can go a long way toward improving how your muscles move.

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Massage is key for guys who love their sport and exercise

Many guys will think of massage and think of the spa days their wives and girlfriends love or which they give as mother’s day presents. What most men don’t realize is that massage is about a lot more than relaxation; male massage is a great way to deal with a variety of problems including sports injuries.

Sports massage is a different area of massage to that for relaxation and different techniques are used. Most professional masseurs will have studied sports massage if they have taken a comprehensive and well-regarded course in massage; other masseurs will specifically specialize in sports massage. Whether you are a professional athlete or just like to keep fit it could be that male massage for injuries and other muscle problems can really help in some way.

If you do enjoy sport in order to keep fit then an injury can really set you back; you are probably used to eating about the right amount of calories for the exercise regime you have: an injury could mean that you suddenly start putting on the pounds as well as losing core fitness much more quickly than you might expect. You will want to get back to fitness as quickly as possible but many muscle injuries take a long time to completely heal and never quite feel right.

What male massage can do for men suffering from injuries is firstly to take away swelling and pain and then work to aid a quick recovery. A muscle when it heals requires a good blood flow to bring oxygen, white blood cells and platelets and massage helps with this. To rebuild the muscle to its former strength massage will increase blood flow and help to remove the damaged cells from the muscle, which themselves lead to swelling. There may also be fluid build up from some injuries with severe swelling: massage generally helps with flow in the lymphatic system but can also specifically be done in order to drain the lymphatic system which will bring down swelling quickly.

A good masseur will also be able to recommend how much exercise you should do and what kind of exercise you should do during recovery: often something low impact like swimming is the first exercise you will do when you are recovering from a muscle injury. Certain exercise can even help with the repair of a muscle and make sure that when it does repair it isn’t too tight. There is little that can be done about a muscle that repairs badly, usually tendons will grow too short; it is best to work with a sport’s masseur throughout your recovery then.

Unfortunately with damage to a muscle if you have done it once then the muscle even once healed will be weaker and may be more prone to future injury. Male massage can help guys who are injury prone or have one muscle set that they have particular trouble with avoid future injury. Both massaging muscles and stretching prior to exercise and after exercise mean muscles lose tightness and this allows lactic acid to be released that can otherwise lead to painful cramps. Stretches that you do before and after exercise are best chosen by your masseur but they have value even if you have never had an injury. Muscles that are relaxed during exercise will be less injury prone and less likely to cramp.

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