Get a Massage.

Yesterday was the first day of spring here in the United States. In honor of that, I'm going to challenge myself (and you) to do something rejuvenating each day.

Today is massage day. So, go schedule a professional massage, ask a buddy to rub your shoulders, or train your cat to make biscuits on your back.

How did I manage my massage? I had a gift certificate to a traditional Korean spa here in the Atlanta area, Jeju Sauna, so I had an hour-long accupressure massage that left me feeling waaay less sore than I was when I walked in. Once again, I could walk without feeling like I'd just been hit by a bus!

You see, my massage wasn't an unnecessary indulgence; I NEEDED it. Like 130,000 other suckers for pain from all over the world, I've been competing in the 2016 CrossFit Open. In this competition, CrossFit HQ announces a new workout each Thursday and you have until the following Monday evening to perform the workout in front of a judge and log your score. On Sunday I did a workout that included 55 deadlifts of 155 lbs, 55 wallballs, 55 calorie row on the rowing machine. It should also have included 55 handstand push-ups, but thankfully I didn't make it past the rower before time was up. I haven't been that sore in a looooong time.

I've been wondering if I should incorporate massage into my fitness recovery routine on a more regular basis. Massages always make me feel less sore, and they also seem to help me recover faster from minor injuries. This study says that generally isn't the case for other people though:

Research evidence has generally failed to demonstrate massage significantly contributing to the reduction of pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness, or significantly enhancing sports performance and recovery, or playing a significant role in the rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Does massage help you rejuvenate? Try it out and let me know.

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