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96 m a s s a g e & b o d y wo r k m a rc h /a p r i l 2 0 2 2 FITNESS MINUTE Resistance training comes with more benefi ts than just improved physical performance and appearance. Resistance training helps improve movement control, walking speed, bone health, and overall functional independence, and helps reduce your risk of injury. As massage therapists, the fear of any injury—especially overuse injuries—is always in the back of our minds. One way to combat injuries is to strengthen our muscles by lifting weights. The three most important strength moves every massage therapist should do are: clean and press, face pulls, and split squats. Dumbbell Clean and Press: Total Body Exercise While performing this exercise, focus on building strength, especially in your hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, lower back, trapezius, rhomboids, deltoids, and arms. This movement provides a full range of motion—encouraging muscle symmetry— and activates stabilizers. Face Pulls: Upper Body Exercise This exercise focuses on muscles around the shoulder joint and rotator cuff while improving both strength and stability in The Importance of Resistance Training By Marisa Savino, LMT and Personal Trainer VIDEO: "THREE STRENGTH MOVES FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notification 4. Watch! The Power of Protein Keep in mind the importance of protein intake in your nutrition regimen when strength training. Lifting weights stresses muscles and damages the muscle tissue, so we must replenish our bodies with proper food, including high-quality protein sources. This allows the body to repair and grow muscle. The recommended dietary allowance of protein to meet your basic nutritional requirements is 0.8 grams per pound of body weight. I personally aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight in my everyday regimen. On-the-go protein food sources include hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, raw nuts, tuna fi sh, protein bars, and protein powder. the scapula. Massage therapists' shoulders tend to be rolled forward most of the time with our chest becoming tight. By working the antagonist muscles—rhomboids and trapezius—we can improve our posture. Split Squat: Lower Body Exercise This exercise primarily focuses on the quadriceps. With proper form, split squats can increase leg strength and enhance fl exibility. Begin incorporating resistance training into your weekly routine at least 2–3 times per week. Maintaining muscle health helps prevent injury, as the muscles are less likely to weaken and fatigue. Marisa Savino is a New Jersey-based massage therapist and fi tness professional with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Combining the knowledge of these two disciplines allows her to help prevent injuries and be better able to address the whole health of a client. Learn more at msfi and follow her on Instagram triss. Dumbell Clean and Press Face Pulls Split Squat

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