Massage has many more benefits then just feeling good. Multiple studies have shown that massage can be an effective therapy for muscle tension and pain as well as, stress. The relaxation that is associated with massage can aid in improving anxiety and other mental health issues. More research needs to be performed involving the extensive benefits of massage, but there are studies that show that massage can improve the health of individuals with varying medical conditions and concerns including digestive issues, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc.
My use of massage often is as a relaxation technique, but also as recovery. Having someone work on areas of my body that get tight and strained during exercise not only improves my exercise, but also motivates me to exercise more often.
When it comes to someone getting up close and personal with your body, it is vital that you feel at ease with him or her. Make sure you find a massage therapist who is properly credentialed or licensed depending on your state. You should be comfortable with this person so that you can get the maximum benefits from your massage. Also, check with your insurance as sometimes massage is covered under your plan.
Massage can be a great complement to your exercise routine and one that should be taken advantage of to improve and motivate your exercise.