Science Says You Really Need a Post-Workout Massage.
Massage has long been used to recover from intense exercise. A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined whether or not massage can increase post-workout strength and improve body awareness.
What the research says:
- Just fifteen minutes of massage after a brutal workout improved proprioception and strength in the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle.
- Researchers speculated improved muscle fiber regeneration was responsible for the effects on body awareness and strength.