By Mary Szklanecki Licensed Massage Therapist
Fun fact 80% of people quit their New Year’s resolution by mid-February!
45% of people choose to lose weight or have a healthier weight at some point in their lives. One of the best ways to burn off the necessary fat calories to accomplish this is to exercise regularly. When you start working out, though, it's common to find yourself sore and achy and it is normal to want to give up at some point. But did you know that massage can help relieve the aches and pains that unfortunately are a part of starting to exercise again and can help to make things easier when working out in the future?
When you exercise and feel sore afterward your muscles are doing a healthy breakdown of weak muscles to rebuild stronger and healthier ones. This is what the saying “No pain no gain” is referring to. Sometimes as they rebuild, they can get all knotted up, like a tightly wound rope. Massage is a wonderful way to ease the tension in these areas which not only relieves the soreness but also helps to aid in the rebuilding process. So, in a way, massage not only helps you feel better, but it also makes you stronger! This is why most professional athletes make massage therapy an essential part of their recovery.
As we are now entering the New Year filled with resolutions remember it is also January, the first month of the year. The month of saying “Thank you”. One of the best ways to do this is through the gift of massage. Whether it’s the people you work with, live with, or share a coffee with over Zoom, the gift of massage is an amazing way of showing your gratitude and appreciation. This has been a hard year for everyone and who among us couldn’t use some rest and relaxation to melt away all the stress of 2020? Here’s to ringing in the New Year with better health and happiness.