How to prolong the positive effects of massage therapy
There’s something special about the relaxed, rejuvenated feeling you get after massage therapy. It’s a feeling many of us often wish we could make last a while longer. While the wonderfully relaxed sensation you experience from massage therapy sessions can’t last forever, there are a few things you can do to prolong those good feelings as much as possible.
Remember to hydrate after getting a massage
Most massage regulars already know this, but it bears repeating proper hydration is essential to getting the full benefit from your massage therapy treatments. That’s because the increased blood flow you get from massage improves cardiovascular circulation, supports post-exertion muscle function and recovery, and helps stimulate and support your body’s natural healing processes. Massage also stimulates the lymphatic system, which works to remove these toxins from your body. Proper hydration helps facilitate the process. In fact, not drinking enough water after massage therapy can have negative effects, leaving you sore and achy as toxins slowly exit your system.
Soak it up
Make some time for a relaxing soak in the tub after your massage, and you’ll help continue the release of tightness and tension from muscles and joints. Warm water is generally best, but not too hot – it can cause inflammation in any sore spots. Consider adding epsom salts or essential oils to help your body detoxify.
Stretch those muscles
Your muscles warm up with the pressure applied during massage therapy, and it takes a while for the heat to dissipate. While you’re still warm is a great time for a full-body stretch, with those nicely relaxed muscles really ready to extend.
Roll out knots and sore spots
Foam rollers and tennis balls are great home treatment options for any persistent sore spots you experience between massage therapy appointments. By giving your sore muscles attention at home, your body will respond better at your next treatment.
Pay attention to posture
Try to avoid slipping into bad posture habits or poor positions after you’ve had massage therapy. Hunching forward or slouching in your desk chair, for example, will soon bring backaches and pains in the muscles you’ve just received treatment on. Be mindful about keeping your body in the best position to avoid undue stress and strain on your body, and you’ll do your muscles a big favour.
Light exercise, such as walking, yoga or tai chi, will help prevent stiffness and keep the blood flowing through your muscles, helping you feel better for longer following massage therapy.
Eat the right foods after a massage
Don’t forget the importance of diet in maintaining health and wellness. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables while avoiding bad fats and high-salt meals. Finally, resist the urge to cancel out the restful vibe of your massage therapy with a caffeinated beverage – your coffee can wait for later.
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