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.
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