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How to Prevent Muscle Soreness

Winter is a fantastic time to be in Dubai- the warmth of the sun feels comforting, the morning air is crisp and cool, and the water is pleasant and inviting- regardless of whether you choose to venture into a pool or the ocean.

It is little wonder then, that many people, who do not work out on a regular basis, try to start a workout routine during the winter months. You could hardly ask for better weather to exercise in, even if you were to design the weather conditions yourself! Unfortunately, research has shown that a large number of people who start any workout are unable to stick with their new routine for long enough to make it a consistent part of their everyday lives. There are two main reasons for this- a lack of time, and the inevitable muscle stiffness that is a part of any new workout.

There is very little that we at Yinyang Connection Massage Centre can do if the issue you are facing is a lack of time, but we would like to help our readers understand the true cause of muscle stiffness so that they are able to better combat it. Muscle stiffness is an inevitable part of starting any new workout routine, but the degree to which you (and therefore your workout) are affected by muscle stiffness can be minimised by better understanding the underlying issues that lead to muscle stiffness.

Whenever we exercise a particular muscle group, that muscle group requires energy in order to be able to do the exercises we are asking it to perform. In order to meet those energy requirements, the body, the muscles burn glucose- at first, through aerobic means. However, as our breathing becomes shorter and more ragged, the body begins to prioritise the distribution of its limited supply of oxygen, and our muscles begin to break down the glucose anaerobically (without using oxygen). This is when we start to feel the ‘burn’ in our muscles- the breaking down of glucose without oxygen creates lactic acid, causing the burning sensation. That lactic acid remains in our muscles for the next day or two, if left to its own devices, before eventually dissipating. There are, however, certain steps that we can take to ensure the lactic acid dissipates faster, leaving us feeling fitter and more able to work out over the coming days. These include:

  • Breathing: One of the best things we can do to prevent the buildup of lactic acid is to focus on our breathing while exercising. Make sure you are taking deep, regular breaths from the moment you start exercising- this will help ensure that your body has enough oxygen that it will not need to turn to anaerobic respiration, thus causing the lactic acid buildup to start. If you feel your breathing start to get shorter and shorter and wish to prevent the lactic acid buildup, our suggestion would be to slow down the pace of the exercise until your breathing is back to a more normal level, before reverting to the earlier pace.
  • Stretching: Stretching the muscle groups you intend to work out before exercising prevents the lactic acid buildup reaching the same levels it would have otherwise reached, while stretching after your workout causes the lactic acid buildup within the muscles to dissipate faster than it otherwise would have. Stretching increases blood circulation to the affected muscles, which means that the muscles have more oxygen to work with, thereby reducing the need to rely on anaerobic respiration.
  • Hydration: Make sure you keep your body hydrated at all times, as this gives your body the best chance to break down any excess lactic acid within your muscles.
  • Massage: Many of us do not want to slow down our pace in the middle of the workout, or do not have the time to stretch before and after a workout on a daily basis, or simply need something in addition to all the tips above to ensure our body is ready for the coming workouts. We would recommend a sports massage in such cases, in order to help you ensure that your muscles are in the best possible condition for the coming workout sessions.

Sports massages offer a variety of benefits, depending on whether you choose to do it before an event, after an event, or simply after a particularly strenuous workout. You can learn more about each category of sports massage by visiting our sports massage page.

The next time your muscles feel stiff after a rigorous workout, book an appointment for a sports massage- your muscles will thank you in the long run!


How Massage Can Help Athletes and Gymmers

Many of us go to the gym to keep our bodies healthy and looking good. In doing so, we often place our muscles under a tremendous amount of stress, causing short term damage in order to achieve long-term gains. However, what many of us do not realise is that there are steps we can take to minimise the damage to our muscles, promoting muscle recovery and reducing the risk of injury.

Most athletes in this day and age have personal masseuses so that they can receive rubdowns as and when they finish exercising. While that is not a feasible solution for most of us, we can ensure that our bodies receive the same treatment on a regular basis as well.

Some of the most important ways in which massage helps us are listed below:

Muscle Recovery – Massage has several benefits for people who work out on a regular basis. We generally tend to ignore post-workout therapy and the impact it has on our body. Working out daily can leave you with problems like tensed muscles, a sore back or muscle soreness. Massage can help reduce the stiffness, which improves one’s range of motion and reduces the chances of injury in future workouts. Massage also helps to reduce the lactic acid buildup in our muscles after strenuous workouts, which improves the conditioning of the muscles, allowing for better workouts over the next few days than would otherwise have been possible.

Improves Flexibility – Workouts often place our muscles under a tremendous amount of physical stress as we strive to exceed the limits of our muscles in order to help them grow faster and become stronger than would otherwise have been possible. While this does make them stronger than they would have been without a workout, one of the side effects of most weight training workouts is that they also become shorter in the process, which reduces one’s flexibility. Massage can undo these effects, lengthening the muscles. This improves one’s flexibility and reduces the risk of future injury, leaving you stronger and more durable than you would have otherwise been.

Promoting blood circulation – Massage can help boost the blood flow to specific areas of the body when it is focused on that particular body part, using a wide range of massage techniques such as kneading strokes and finger pressure. The body responds to these techniques by boosting blood flow to the area in question. Our blood carries oxygen, which helps to rejuvenate these muscles, undoing the stress they were placed under hours ago or during the week as part of a workout routine.

Skin Rejuvenation – The improved blood flow also has a positive effect on one’s skin. The improved oxygen supply not only leaves one’s skin with a healthy glow, but it also has the effect of ridding the body of toxins and dirt particles that could otherwise accumulate. It is important to remember, however, that this is not the primary goal of most massages, and this is simply a byproduct of most sports recovery massages. If getting rid of toxins is your primary goal, consider opting for a detox massage instead of deep tissue massage or sports recovery massage.

At Yinyang Connection Massage Centre, our therapists are trained to provide a wide range of massages, including sports recovery massage, to help ensure that your body remains in peak conditioning. Book an appointment with our team today and ensure your muscles are able to receive the full benefits of your workout without any of the associated issues that usually accompany such workouts!


Benefits of Sports Massage

You will often hear fitness enthusiasts describe muscle soreness as “a good kind of pain”. While there is merit in that statement, several studies have shown that muscle soreness can have negative effects on the muscles during future workouts, sometimes even causing injury.


Sports massage is a form of massage geared towards optimizing muscle condition and ensuring muscle recovery. It is used by athletes to remain in peak condition despite rigorous training which makes it difficult to avoid wear and tear. It is also helpful in recovering from, as well as prevention of, sports-related injuries.


This is part of the reason why many sports teams and athletes now keep professional masseuses on their staff, so that they can receive regular post-workout rubdowns, which allow for faster recovery and leave you in better shape to train the following day.


Sports massage offers numerous benefits such as improved flexibility, reduced risk of injury and improving blood circulation to the areas of the body coming under the most stress.


There are three main categories of sports massage: pre-event, post-event and maintenance. To read more about the various kinds of sports massage and which type would be most beneficial for you, click here.


Sports massages help increase blood flow to the muscles, which helps the muscle recovery process and decreases Post-Workout Muscle Soreness, which is mainly caused by insufficient oxygen being available to the muscles. This, in turn, causes the muscles to use anaerobic means of generating energy through the breakdown of glucose and phosphates, which produces lactic acid as a byproduct.


One thing all athletes must keep in mind is that it is not advisable to get a sports massage within 48 hours of a sporting event. A sports massage after a sporting event, however, is an excellent idea as it aids in muscle recovery.


Make Yinyang a part of your training program! There are bulk packages that you can look into if you are looking to make massage a part of your training program.


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