According to a New York Times article, "How Massage Heals Sore Muscles," scientists have proved and confirmed what many of us already know: "With massage, you can have your cake and eat it too - massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery."
So what does that mean for those who exercise? A decrease in inflammation reduces recovery time between workouts, as well as flushes the body of toxins, including lactic acid, reducing post-workout soreness. A massage between workouts will enable you to train harder, longer and more often than without (the "eating cake" part mentioned above.)
If you felt like massage was a luxury item, and not a necessity, now you know it's a critical part to your resolution for a healthier you!