With the warmth of summer comes an increase in outdoor activities. Many of us are now eagerly engaged in getting our gardens planted, our yards mowed, and our flower beds cleaned up from our long and very wet winter. We may also be experiencing new aches and pains from muscles and joints that haven’t been utilized in quite this way for many months including the sore muscles that go with them. This is a good time to consider massage therapy to keep you going and to keep your muscles, bones, and connective tissue in good working condition. A regular massage can help relieve the typical muscle aches and pains associated with our more active warm weather undertakings.
It can help you to feel great, in hot weather, we feel sluggish, and although we ladies notice it more, men also suffer from it. Swelling in the legs,(Lymphedema) the heat affects our lymphatic system and as it has not got its own pump, legs do swell, massage can help reduce this swelling and help us feel less sluggish.
Equally important as the season changes are to maintain adequate hydration. Muscles and tissues require lots of fluids as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains. When we work or exercise hard our muscles build up lactic acid. This is normal but often can become lodged within the tissues when spasms or strains occur. This creates those painful “knots” we often experience that can shorten our range of motion as well.
Massage therapy can release these pockets of lactic acid and return muscles to their optimal best functioning. If left unattended, lactic acid can become more toxic to the body. This causes an inflammatory response by the immune system and the pain cycle advances.
Keep yourself going great all summer, consider regional or full body massage to be your optimal best and complete all your summertime tasks with ease and comfort.
Shadia Abdelrahman L.M.T.