After receiving a massage, your massage therapist will usually give you guidance on how to take care of yourself post massage. Some clients will listen attentively and take the advice while others may let it go in one ear and out the other.
Despite which one you may be , there is a reason your massage therapist gave you this advice. Lets find out why.
This is by far the number one self care advise you will hear from your massage therapist. Since about 60% of our body is made of water, it is apparent the body functions at optimal level being hydrated.
Just like a workout, massage dehydrates your muscles as they are being worked. The point in hydrating after a workout is to help muscles build healthy tissue and remove metabolic waste that may cause aches, pains, or soreness.
The same goes for massage. Drinking water after a massage helps with the removal of toxins or metabolic waste that may cause soreness and aches while also building healthy muscle tissue.
Epsom Salt Baths
This piece of advice serves 2 main purposes for the client. One is to continue the sens of relaxation and induce a deeper sleep that night but the other benefit is that it helps continue to flush out toxins in the body.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate which is a natural muscle relaxer and helps in detoxifying. Muscle relaxers are taken to help ease muscle tension and/or muscle pain so a massage therapist recommending an epsom salt bath to their client is to help prolong and promote the effects of pain relief after a massage.
After certain types of massage especially deeper modalities, stretching can be a very important part of recovery. Since a massage is similar to a workout in breaking down the muscle fibers, stretching afterwards helps the muscle fibers realign properly.
Being in proper alignment will help flush remaining toxins out of the body also reducing any post massage muscle pain.
The main duty of urination is to help the body rid any toxic waste that is being stored in the kidneys.
Since massage breaks down toxic build up in muscles and hydrating helps flush these toxins out, urinating compliments this process by removing those waste from the body completely.
Sometimes after a massage, a client may feel light headed or a little fuzzy due to being in a relaxed state while toxins are being broken down. Since massage stimulates circulation and the digestive system, a post massage snack can boost the electrolytes and nourish the body in the same way a post workout snack does.
Avoid Strenuous Activity
A massage is supposed to help relax and let the body recover from all the constant stress we take on throughout the day. Respect your body and allow it the proper time after a massage to rest.
Doing a hard workout or a strenuous activity after a massage can cause more aches and pains in the body or further an injury. It’s best to allow your body 24 hours of rest and recovery after receiving a massage.