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Not a stretch: how massage therapy and yoga can work together

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) will usually suggest an appropriate stretch or strengthening exercise as homecare for their clients. It is a continuation of their treatment plan so the client will end up with the best results possible. The RMT may also suggest incorporating yoga sessions into a homecare routine for further rehabilitation and overall health and wellness. With the new forms of Yoga that are making head waves recently, it can also make stretching a lot more fun. Whether you’re unleashing your inner badass with Rage Yoga or having fun in a session of Goat Yoga, you’ll be able to see a change in your mood, energy, and flexibility over time.

While there are many types of massage therapy and yoga practiced around the world, they all share similar physical and mental health benefits, including:

  1. Improved blood flow
    Yoga poses help move the blood to certain areas of the body, while massage also helps with circulation.
  1. Increased flexibility and range of motion
    Massage will help decrease knots that may restrict your movements, increasing your range of motion along with the stretching from your yoga.
  2. Reduced anxiety and stress
    Whereas yoga helps you focus and control your breathing, massage therapy helps release endorphins and feel-good hormones like dopamine. Combined, you’ll see an increase in relaxation and decrease in stress—and better overall sleep.

A great addition to your overall wellness routine

Both massage and yoga are good for the mind, body, and soul. Depending on your goals, you can enjoy a massage either before or after a yoga session.

If you go for a massage before a yoga session, your muscles will be warmed up and lengthened, allowing you to stretch more deeply. It can also help relieve muscle tension that may hold you back; as a result, you’ll be able to hold your poses longer. Not to mention, you’ll be able to focus better!

However, remember that intense forms of massage—such as deep tissue— may require recovery time. A lighter, relaxation massage may be better suited for a pre-yoga treatment.

On the flip side, if you go for a massage after a yoga session, you’ll recover more quickly as the RMT can work on areas of tension and flush out lactic acid in the muscles.

Think of yoga as a warm-up for a massage. If your RMT targets deeper tissue and fascia, it will encourage your muscles to stay stretched and extend the benefits of your yoga session. You may even find yourself snoozing on the table!

Whatever your preference, always communicate with your RMT about your goals so they ensure you get the most out of your massage.

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