Do you ever wonder what to do after a massage to get the most out of it? Here are a few tips that will help your body adjust and keep you feeling good long after you go home.

Drink lots of water
When you get a massage, your tissues get flushed or cleared. Old, stagnant blood, along with any toxins, gets pushed out of the muscles and into the blood stream. This is good as it will then get filtered and sent out as waste. Water aids in this process more than anything. If you don’t drink enough water -- and especially if you had deep massage -- the toxins stay in the body and can make you sick or sore.
 
Take an Epsom Salt bath
This also aids in flushing toxins from the body (a very good thing if they’ve just been shifted out of the deep tissues). Epsom Salt also aids as an anti-inflammatory. This helps so you don’t get sore. It’s the same principle as when you have an intense work-out. Inflammation often occurs and needs to be reduced afterward.
 
Rest and Take it Easy
If your muscles are used to holding a certain level of tension, after a while that becomes homeostasis. This means the body thinks this holding pattern is “normal”. Because of this, the muscles are unsettled for about 24 hours after the massage. They need time to settle into their new loosened state. In the meantime, if you overexert or stay in a cramped position for a long time, the muscles may easily get locked up, go into spasm or get sprained. Twenty-four hours after massage is the most important time to be aware of what you do with your body.

Stay in touch
It's always best to stay in communication. If you experience pain after a massage or have questions, ask your therapist!  A professional therapist will be happy to answer questions and resolve any concerns that may arise.

 


Comments

02/28/2012 11:41

Adena...well done! I have clients who prefer to stay in their "comfort zones" and are not willing to try dead sea baths, or drink water...and as you wrote it is so necessary. Well done! Keep up the good work. Rachelle

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03/05/2012 13:42

Rachelle,
I also have clients who don't take the recommendations seriously, and it is helpful to explain to them Why I suggest these things.

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07/06/2012 20:48

Nice post! Really a nice discussion is done by you. I agree everything with you say but i have some opinion also. In my opinion,if our body has the pain , then no need to the medicine but hypnotherapy is important . Because it doesn't any side effect in our body. Now another thing is that it can be handles some where for light weight pain. Keep up the good work and continue inspiring readers.
Thanks for sharing the information.

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10/02/2013 03:17

I would like to thank you for your nicely written post, its informative and your writing style encouraged me to read it till end

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You have provided good basic steps and which we can easily opt in our life.

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