Massage has been around for thousands of years, and have proven very successful addressing common and less common ailments. It is also a great way to relieve tension, and to get rid of stress. But one myth has to be dispelled: it’s not a quick fix. It’s a process. And part of massage’s efficacy depends on what you do after your session. Here are our recommendations:
Hydrate your body
During the massage toxins were driven from your muscles and your lymphatic system was stimulated. Somehow you need to get all those toxins through your kidneys, and out of your body. The answer is to hydrate by drinking lots of water, which is a key component of the detoxification process. As a result of the hydration you may need to visit the loo more often than not, but that’s simply your body’s way to rid itself of the toxins.
Invest in Epsom Salts
Epsom Salts is the layman’s term for magnesium sulphate. Added to a nice warm bath, the Epsom Salts can help draw toxins from your body and further relax your muscles. This promotes further detoxification and can also reduce any potential soreness.
(Note: Pay attention to the temperature of your bathwater – a very hot bath can exacerbate muscular inflammation)
Get plenty of rest
You may feel a bit tired after the massage. This is completely normal, since massage treats both body and mind. If your body tells you it’s time for a nap, oblige it. In the same breath, it’s important to ensure that you’ve planned your day accordingly – going back to work after an intense session or attempting strenuous physical work (gym, etc.) is inadvisable and can, with regards to the latter, result in injury.
‘Listen’ to your body
Massage therapy affects different bodies in different ways. Depending on the technique used, you might feel a bit of soreness a day or two after the session. Since massage works the muscles, this is completely normal. However, if the technique was not too intensive and you’re still sore after a third day, it’s important to communicate to this to your massage therapist so that the next session can be adjusted accordingly.
Stretching before the massage can also help reduce stiffness by preparing the muscles for the impending therapy.
All these tips and more will be communicated to you once your session is over. Stick to them and you’ll reap the full benefits of your session, and enjoy a healthier, more energetic and detoxified you.