(Photo: Atlas Yoga Studio)
Being a masochistic trainer, I rarely get massages. While I’ve always enjoyed them, it always seemed easier to take a hot bath or nap to relax. It’s sometimes easy to forget that something that feels so nice is also very helpful when recovering from hard bouts of exercise. A very recent study indicates that massage is rather helpful:
Myofascial release massage favors the recovery of HRV (heart rate variability) and diastolic BP (blood pressure) after high-intensity exercise (3 Wingate tests) to preexercise levels.
So all of these years in which your girlfriend or wife was asking for a massage turned out to be them hastening their recovery. Funny how that works.