I think we can all attest to the discomfort of sore muscles after strenuous exercise. Although the pains we go through to get into shape are worth the battle, it would be nice to not have to hold our breath every time we need time we need to lift our leg above 90 degrees after all those squats, or to wince in pain when closing the car door after all those chin ups!
There is a solution to delayed onset muscle soreness- book in for an infrared sauna session followed by a massage and your muscle pain will be a thing of the past.
Infrared heat therapy has been used by physiotherapists and doctors of Chinese medicine for many years to improve circulation and relaxation in the muscles and tissues. The increased blood flow helps to purge the muscles of lactic acid which causes aches and pains in the muscle tissue. It also helps to relax the muscles, prepping them for massage therapy. Your massage therapist can then begin to work out trigger points and any remaining tightness in your muscles.
I’ve been surprised of late to find that as I continue to focus on my core muscles and proper alignment during exercise, that formerly weak muscles are becoming short and tight in response to this change in form. This has caused aches and pains to arise where I’m not accustomed. So even when I think I’ve gotten into better shape- there’s still plenty of maintenance to be done in order to keep my muscles healthy and to prevent injury.
So now I know I have a choice- to wince and hold my breath until the soreness subsides, or I can book in for a treatment and carry on… hmmm… that’s not such a hard decision!
Here’s a rather amusing article by Tim Dowling for the Guardian regarding his experience using an infrared sauna. Fortunately for Spruce Body Lab patrons, our sauna is a private retreat in which to relax and sweat it all out!