MASSAGE INCREASES THE BLOOD FLOW AND DECREASES CATABOLISM.
Many athletes use massages on a regular basis as an essential part of their training routines to improve performance and recovery.
The benefits of massage, such as increased blood flow, reduced muscle pain and decreased levels of catabolic hormones.
It decreases the stiffness of blood vessels, known as arteries. This reduction in arterial stiffness tends to open the arteries, generating a greater blood flow.
A study by Okamoto measured arterial stiffness in 10 healthy young subjects before and after massages throughout the body.
The results were less rigid blood vessels and increased concentration of nitrite and nitrate, the precursors of the nitric oxide (NO) signaling molecule.
THE MASSAGE DECREASES THE PRODUCTION OF CATABOLIC HORMONE CORTISOL.
Cortisol is an anabolic hormone that has the ability to transform the body from an anabolic state, a muscle, a catabolic, a strenuous muscle.
The reduction of cortisol, caused by the massages, promotes an anabolic environment, supporting greater growth and muscular strength.