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After Massage Care Tips

Is this your first massage?

Here's some tips on how to recover and make the most of it.


After a massage you should feel better however, some people who don't get deep massages often, might feel some muscle soreness the next day. This due to your muscles having a toxin in it called Lactic Acid.
It is found in everyone's body and when you exercise really hard for a long time it is released into the body and causes an increase of acidity in the cells making the body fatigued and sore.
The body will return to a normal level through slow walking, stretching and water consumption. So just like exercising for the first time a deep tissue massage is basically working those muscles in a deep manner and it also will release the same Lactic Acid into your body's system and that is why you might feel worse the next day. Not all people experience this but if you do it is very common and you should just drink alot of water, stretch and move around or some light exercising.
Typically after a massage you may experience some of the following...

  • Sleepiness due to release of toxins (lactic acid in your muscles) 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 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

Your possible symptoms you experience 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.

  • It also has been said that a high carbohydrate meal will help with the recovery.

  • Use ginger root or tea for inflammation and pain associated with sore muscles.

  • Always feel free to express what you are experiencing before, during, and after your massage sessions so that your massage therapist has the opportunity to fully address your concerns and needs.

  • Most importantly, please follow up with another massage as soon as possible because the closer the visits are to one another the better the body responds and the faster you will feel better.