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After Massage Care

To help you maintain and balance your body after your massage, here are some simple tips :

Drink Lots Of Water, Especially For The Next 24 Hours – Rehydration is key to a healthy body, especially after a massage. Since massage promotes lymphatic movement, drinking water and hydrating yourself moves toxins through the kidneys and out of the body. Don’t be alarmed if you seem to have an increased urine output, this is normal.

Take A Bath – A nice warm bath is very soothing after a massage, especially with Epsom Salts. Epsom Salts are Magnesium Sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxer. They are also wonderful at drawing out toxins in the body, as is massage, so you may get a sort of detoxifying effect which is very beneficial to the body. You can get Epsom Salts at most grocery stores or pharmacies. If you don’t have Epsom Salts, don’t worry – a nice warm bath, not extremely hot, will do just fine. This is important because if you have any inflammation in the muscles, the excessive heat can serve to exacerbate the injury. If you have a very sore muscle or injury, I recommend Sombra Warm Therapy or Tiger Balm.

Pay Attention To Your Body’s Reaction To The Massage – You may be sore after the massage. This is normal with Deep Tissue massage, but it can also happen with the more gentle type of Swedish massage as well. Sometimes you may not feel the soreness until the next day. Massage is a passive form of exercise. If you are not one to get massages often, or do not exercise and are not used to using the muscles, then they may respond with soreness. This should only last for a day or perhaps two; anything more indicates that perhaps your therapist worked on you a little too hard. This should be adjusted in the next segment. You can help your therapist by stretching before you arrive for your segment. Remember anything that was particularly painful and report this to your therapist at your next visit. The therapist should be open to what you are saying and should tailor your visit from the information they receive from you.

Rest – You may feel tired, as if you want to lie down and take a nap. This is completely normal, and you should listen to your body. If you can, make sure you have nowhere to go and nothing to do after your massage. Massage is not just work on the body; it is work on the mind too. It helps to destress and relax you; this in turn may make you feel tired. This is your time to recover your mind and body and it is your body’s time to rebalance itself and retune. Don’t feel like you SHOULD be doing something. Make time for yourself and your body will thank you.

Eat lightly before and after a massage. Avoid eating heavy meals before a massage, but don’t come on an empty stomach either. Eating a banana and a hand full of raw almonds 1-2 hours before a massage is a good alternative choice. After the massage, try eating a vegetarian meal such as warm steamed or lightly stir-fried vegetables with pasta or rice, with some herbal tea.

Welcome Different Emotions – Sometimes, if you have been experiencing lots of stress, you may feel the need to cry after the massage. Alternatively, you may feel elated, on cloud nine, or full of energy. Either response is normal. Try not to suppress these emotions. The massage may channel these feelings and multiply them; whichever way, this is what the body needs. Allow them to come and you will feel that much better afterwards.



Scar Tissue

All injuries result in scar tissue. Scar tissue results from a tear to a usually straight and effective muscle fibre. When the muscle tissue rebuilds itself it rebuilds in a mess of fibres. These fibres are strong but are not effective for movement and it then becomes more likely that the fibres around the injury site will become strained and more likely to become injured.

Sports massage will straighten out this mess of fibres allowing the fibres to rebuild in a straight line again.

The result of this is that you are back to normal functioning and it is less likely to have another tear.

All good then !!

Muscle Energy Technique

Did you know muscle energy techniques (or MET) is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, a theory that explains that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to patients who suffer from muscle spasms. This form of muscular therapy makes use of a patient’s own muscle energy (the force); while the therapist presents a stationary surface (or anti-force) the patient will contract their muscle against in order to stretch the muscle and joint to its full potential.

Many people suffer from Sciatica and Back. In the gluteal region, the piriformis muscle can compress the sciatic nerve, creating a condition known as piriformis syndrome. In some cases, you want to avoid putting direct pressure on the region of nerve entrapment, however, muscle energy technique (MET) stretching is a great option in this case. Training is required to learn how and when to use the (MET) system.

Need help with that stubborn pain? Call your Massage Therapist today.

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