Is this 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?
AFTER A MASSAGE, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
- You might feel some pain or discomfort in the treated area(s) after a deep tissue massage. Sometimes you may not feel the soreness until the next day (like after a hard workout). Ice the area(s) 2-4 times a day for 7-10 minutes or until the area is cool to the touch.
- Sleepiness may occur due to the release of toxins encouraged by the treatment and the initiation of healing energies, which will require the body to rest.
- Massage can dehydrate the body, so it is suggested that you increase you intake of water for at least two days after the massage.
- Heightened emotional state occurs due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions.
- Frequent urination can happen due to stimulation of the lymphatic system, although it’s not a common symptom.
- Changed sleep patterns: You may fall asleep during the treatment, and your body clock may also change.
- All body systems, including digestive, will work better.
- You may feel bruising or tenderness, as released toxins and hormones surface through the skin.
The possible symptoms you experience are absolutely normal and should subside within 24 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 take longer to settle). If in doubt please see your doctor immediately.
TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Drink plenty of water (4-6 glasses post treatment). Because massage releases toxins from muscle tissues, it is essential to increase your intake of water for at least 24 hours after your massage to flush them out of your body.
- 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 and caffeine consumption after a massage. Alcohol and caffeine will further dehydrate your body.
- Stretching exercises can help to maintain and increase tissue length. Do stretches 3-5 times a day and hold each stretch for 15-60 seconds and increase by 2 seconds each week.
- Book regular massages, especially if your therapist commented on the tightness/stressed nature of your muscles. Muscle soreness post massage will be reduced by more regular massage treatment, as your body adjusts to the treatments.
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.