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After Your Massage

By Sarah Tolley, LMT
Sarah Tolley
So, you just finished your massage and you are feeling nice and relaxed. What should you do next? Keep the relaxation going! I suggest trying to schedule your session during a time where you can spend the rest of the day decompressing. Avoid loud rock music on the way home, instead listen to something calming and soothing. The goal is to keep yourself in a nice calm state, after all you just spent all that time lowering your blood pressure during your massage!

Stay Hydrated and Snack

Be sure to drink plenty of water after your massage. Massage has a detoxifying effect, which can leave you feeling slightly light headed or dizzy if you are not hydrating. Water is key to flushing out the toxins that are released during your massage. Being properly hydrated will also help to decrease any soreness you may feel in the following days.

Once you arrive home, eat a light snack. You don’t want any heavy meals which could leave you feeling bloated and overstuffed. Something like a yogurt, fresh fruit or veggies should do the trick. I encourage you to keep your lights dim, maybe diffuse some essential oils, do some light stretching or meditation. Keep the rest of your day as stress free as possible for the best possible outcome from your massage.

Take a Bath

Another great way to end your day after a massage is soaking in a bathtub with epsom salts. It is mineral-rich and loaded with magnesium- which aids the body in getting rid of toxins and decreasing inflammation, stiffness, and pain. You can add a cup of baking soda and essential oils as well for the ultimate detox bath experience. Soak for at least 20 minutes. If you don’t have a bathtub, try mixing up a these ingredients in a bowl of warm water, soak a small towel in the solution , and drape it over your shoulders as you stand under a warm shower. Make sure you get a good nights sleep, rest helps your body recover!

It isn’t uncommon to be a bit sore the next day or two after a massage, especially if you received deep work. Your muscles are being worked during a massage (even though you’re not the one working them) and deep tissue breaks down scar tissue in the muscles so they can properly heal. All of this may cause some soreness, similar to when you go back to the gym for the first time in months. All the above suggestions will help lessen this experience.

Visit Us Again

Last but not least- schedule your next massage! Consistency is key for optimal progress and maintenance. Depending on your activity level, stress level, type of work you do some clients need weekly massages, where as other clients may just need a monthly session. If you are unsure of when to come back- just ask! As a rule of thumb I always say to try not to wait more than a month. Our muscles have memory and will revert back to being tight- so it helps to stay ahead of the game. I hope this tips help you have a smooth recovery- and keep you moving forward.
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