While studying the body to become a trainer, I realized very quickly that getting massages are very important and should not be looked at just for luxury. When you workout, especially if you strength train using weights, you are making little tears in your muscles, in which lactic acid will build up. Eating protein and stretching is key with helping break up that lactic acid, but getting routine massages is another great way to help and promote better health all around.
Feeling sore myself, I went to Hands of Furey to check out what kind of massages were offered. There was a wide range of massages available, everything from Swedish, Thai, Deep tissue, sports, pregnancy to hot stones and more. I went in for a mix of the sports massage and thai massage, which is very beneficial for athletic individuals who workout a lot. The sports massage is recommended to do prior to or immediately after a workout. It helps with reducing muscle tension, and monitoring muscle tone, promotes relaxation, increases range of motion, decreases stiffness and soreness after exercise. It also enhances athletic performance.
The number one cause of training injuries is due to lack of stretching. Getting a routine massage is great way to help prevent injuries especially for those of us (raises hand) who don’t properly stretch on a regular basis.
Seth Furey, Boston native and owner of Hands of Furey explained to me the importance of getting routine massages;
A massage here and there is nice, but won’t give you the same benefits as a regular massage program. Like exercise, your benefits are cumulative, meaning the more regularly you receive a massage, the more you’ll reap their advantages. For example, Massage affects the cardiovascular system. It dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation. It delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins. And course after leaving a massage your body is in a relaxed state, so your heart rate lowers. In addition, massage of course affects the muscular system. The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery. Once the muscles are relaxed, you can experience an increase in range of motion and flexibility
He also explained in between visits people should incorporate doing yoga, stretching using a foam roller, and taking hot baths with epson salt. All of these things will help with increasing flexibility and decreasing soreness before your next massage session.
Hand of Furey is unique when compared to many other places because you get the full experience! Seth definitely focuses on the physical benefits of your session making sure he prevents and/or alleviates any pain. I went in with very tight hamstrings, and pain in my trapz. He explained to me that a lot people hold their stress in certain places and it seemed like it could be a combination of stress, and looking down a lot at my cell phone or computer that caused my trapz to tighten up.
He was consistent with checking in on me during the massage to make sure it was not too much pressure, and that I was enjoying it. I really enjoyed him asking me what I was comfortable with and was not comfortable with during the massage. This made me especially feel comfortable and respected during the session to know I was in the hands of a pressesional (literally.)
My favorite part was the hot stones at the end. Some places will just lay the stones on your back and let them rest there, but Seth coupled the stones in his hands and actually used them to massage those tight areas in my back. The combination of the heat from the rocks plus his rhythmic massaging techniques was o-so-relaxing and such a great reward after going so hard in the gym that week.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, make sure to head over to www.handsoffurey.com to book a massage. Tell Seth Fit With Fallon sent you and you will get an additional 10% percent off, and if it’s your first time you already have 10% so you will get 20% your entire session!