Massage Aftercare

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.

HYDRATE

It’s important to drink water as not only does it flush toxins out of your system, but re-hydrates dry, brittle or painful tissue. If you notice that you're feeling light headed or tired, it's a sign that your body is detoxifying and is a reminder to hydrate.

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

Cancel your plans, rest and recharge post-massage.

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

Melt massage studio (melt-massagestudio.com)

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WORDS BY CASSIE MAGILL

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