After Massage Care
This maybe your first massage and you aren’t sure what to expect? Would you like to know a little more about the benefits of your massage and how to get the most out of it?
Typically after a massage you may experience some of the following:
- Sleepiness, due to release of toxins encouraged by the treatment and the initiation of healing energies, which will require the body to rest.
- Muscular ache and/or headaches as the nerve fibers respond to the work undertaken.
- Massage can also dehydrate the body, so it is suggested that you increase your intake of water for at least two days after the massage.
- Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions
- Frequent urination due to stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Changed sleep patterns you can fall asleep during the treatment, your body clock may change
- Active bowels as all body systems, including the digestive one, will work better
- Spots may occur – released toxins and hormones may surface through the skin, especially if you previously suppressed your skin condition Most symptoms experienced are absolutely normal and should subside within 12 hours. Muscular aches can last for up to a couple of days after the massage depending on the condition of the muscles in the first place (really stressed muscles will often take a couple of days to settle). If in doubt please see your doctor immediately.
Tips and Recommendations
- Drink plenty of water! Because massage increases the flow of blood around your body and will release any toxins, it is essential to increase your intake of water for at least a couple of days after your massage.
- Rest – Allow your body to enjoy the benefits of your massage and take it easy for a couple of days especially if it has been a long time since your last massage or if your muscles were very stressed.
- Limit alcohol after the massage – it is recommended that you limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine after a massage as these will further dehydrate your body.
- Eat a light meal.
- Book regular massages – especially if your therapist commented on the tightness/stressed nature of your muscles. Muscle soreness post massage will be reduced the more regular massages are undertaken.
- Always feel free to express what you are experiencing prior, during, and after your massage sessions so your massage therapist has the opportunity to fully address your concerns and needs.