IVGID Tip: Increase endurance on the slopes with massage
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
The best way to end a day on the slopes and trails, and prepare for the next is with a therapeutic massage.
Massage will leave the body recharged, revitalized and hasten muscle recovery after a day of vigorous physical activity.
Massage is believed to raise the levels of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins) and also releases muscle spasm, reducing the pressure on nerve endings in tight muscles that can cause pain during physical activity.
Massage is the perfect solution for tired muscles that do not perform as well as they should after a tough day on the mountain.
Research has shown that in relation to exercise and athletic participation massage can:
• Reduce muscle tension
• Promote relaxation
• Increase range of motion
• Improve soft tissue function
• Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise
• Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
• Improve exercise performance
• Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
• Reduce swelling
• Enhance athletic performance
• Enhance sleep, which will in turn lower fatigue
• Reduce the risk of injury
• Improve flexibility
• Remove waste products
• Reduce muscle soreness
• Breaks down adhesions and scar tissue
So if you want to increase your stamina and performance on multiple days of skiing or other winter activities get a therapeutic massage.
Check with your local spa or call the Incline Village Recreation Center at 775-832-1300 to schedule an appointment for an integrated therapeutic massage.
This tip was provided by Pandora Bahlman, Incline Village Parks & Recreation’s Fitness and Health & Wellness Manager.
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