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.