While the measures to contain Coronavirus do work to keep us safe, the impact of quarantine and isolation have, for many, had a huge impact on our physical and mental health.
Living in Teddington, we are so lucky to have such green spaces and the river. I’ve enjoyed seeing more people finding ways to be active by cycling, running, walking and even roller blading.
As we gradually journey towards facilities reopening, the pandemic has changed the way we engage with activity – with most people recognising and seeing the benefits on their mental and physical health. Hopefully we will continue to fit in physical activity with our busy work/life balance.
We all want a healthy body and mind, but taking on a new exercise can leave you with tired, achy muscles, particularly in the first few weeks. Massage can boost the effectiveness of your workouts and prevent injury by easing pain, improving flexibility and helping with faster recovery – a key benefit of massage therapy.
Sore and stiff muscles, when trying to get into shape, are a sign of lactic acid build-up, a by-product of muscle metabolism. It accumulates in your muscles and causes pain known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
While muscles tighten and shorten with strains or sprains, massage will loosen the muscles and help restore them to their original length. Massage therapists know how the muscular structure is supposed to look and act; feeling the tissue and relaxing the muscle, taking some of the tension and tightness out of them and addressing the ability of your muscles and soft tissues to be stretched. This helps remove waste products and toxins and allows fresh blood flow to the area so the muscles can be stretched further.
Listen to your body and do not push it too far if you’re feeling pain – it’s the body’s way of saying it’s not happy. If you haven’t done anything for a while, build the exercise up gently and increase the length of each session gradually. Everyone has different levels of ability and health – to reduce risk of injury, go at your own pace and exercise different parts of the body.
If trying a gentle self-massage in the painful area doesn’t have an effect, book a massage locally.
Louise Green CthA, ITEC
Beauty & Massage Specialist, Owner of Vidatherapy Health & Beauty Spa
6 Church Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8PB