Caring for yourself during your post-massage period is an integral part of your overall experience. Here you are required to listen and work closely with the needs of your body. Massage is a form of detoxification that hydrates the tissues, increases blood flow, circulates the lymphatic fluid and restores the nervous system. It’s normal to feel a little sore post-massage as your body is working hard to heal and realign the massaged tissues. Continue using aftercare 1-3 days after your treatment.
STRETCHING OR GENTLE YOGA
Stretching realigns your muscle fibers and improves muscle recovery. It’s important to continue to move and activate tender muscles after your massage.
HERBS AND FOOD
Massage therapy has a big effect on the body’s circulation and also stimulates digestion. If you’re feeling fatigued post-massage, this might be the result of not eating. Following a massage your body needs to refuel. Opt for nourishing herbs and grounding vegetables. Try herbs like rosemary, clove, ginger or turmeric in a tea or added to your meal.
TOPICAL BALMS AND OILS
Self-massage a balm or oil using light to medium pressure over tender muscles to help assist in the recovery process.
HEAT OR COLD THERAPY
If you're experiencing acute inflammation, use a cold ice pack over the area. Or you can use heat therapy to relax tense muscles and relieve stress. Try using a hot water bottle or run a hand towel under hot water and hold for 20 seconds at a time.
BATH, REST, SLEEP
WELCOME EMOTIONS THROUGH JOURNALING
Keep a journal with you to write out any strong feelings or beliefs that come up. During a massage, the therapist assists in releasing stored emotions that are trapped in the tissues. You may feel these arise during or after a massage. This is energy in motion. Crying and the urge to sigh when exhaling is normal and welcomed during and after a treatment. Please be kind to yourself and know that these emotions are shifting and releasing.
Cassie Magill, massage therapist ~ @melt_bycassmagill
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