Maximise that post-massage bliss factor. Here’s a few guidelines to support your body’s response to the treatment:
Drink plenty of water.
During massage toxins are released & you need to support that natural cleansing system. Water can also help shift any soreness that may occur, plus drinking water will help perk you up & feel your best.
Occasionally people can get headaches after massage, so keeping well hydrated helps lower that risk and clear the head.
Alcohol & caffeine put a strain on your body, so it’s best to avoid this if you can for around 12 hours to allow your body to process the treatment. This helps you flush out toxins that may have been released and emerged.
Also try not to overeat, eat lightly and choose nutritious foods to support your feeling of wellbeing. It’s best to avoid sugar and processed foods at the best of times, so let the massage encourage good or better habits and boost the optimal feeling of wellbeing.
Take it easy
To allow your body to enjoy the benefits of the treatment, we’re giving you permission to skip the gym and avoid strenuous activity for 12-24 hours. This allows you to keep relaxed and feel the full benefits of your treatment.
Gentle activity is fine, just don’t push yourself and allow the relaxation for a period of time to be felt and acknowledged.
Book another massage!
Body maintenance is a REAL benefit to your entire wellbeing. Knowing you have a massage to look forward to and to look after your body means reducing stress, knowing you’re booking in self-care regularly is important. You are worth it. It helps manage life and keep emotions balanced.
Notice your posture
Massage can really help release muscles and help you tune in to notice what’s going on in your body. How are you sitting- are you upright and straight, or are you putting undue stress on one area of your body?
If you’re desk based for the majority of the day, make sure you stand up, move around and stretch to keep gently mobile. Hold stretches for 30 seconds to make them effective.
Try a body scan: Work from the feet up and notice how your feet feel, then ankles, legs, knees etc all the way up to your crown of the head, eyelids, fingertips and even your tongue. Are you holding tension anywhere? If you notice tension in one part, focus on relaxing one area at a time. If that’s tricky, tense it first then you can actively release it.
If you feel discomfort or pain
Occasionally if you’ve had an intense or deep massage on one particular area, you may feel some discomfort or pain, or sometimes you can feel sluggish, headaches and some soreness. Slight pain or discomfort can mean toxins are working their way out of your system and are fairly common side-effects of deep tissue treatments.
Try having a warm bath or shower to soothe the area, or try an ice pack on the location. If it’s a headache, make sure you drink plenty of water. Being thirsty is perfectly normal after massage, as is frequent urination as the body flushes out toxins.
If you’re worried then please get in touch and speak to the therapist, we are happy to help and reassure or advise you if needed.
Bask in that post massage feeling and glow. Along with the tips above, you are taking control and managing your self care to be the best person you can be.