There are many physical and emotional benefits to regular massage therapy. Massage feels good; it is relaxing and has a positive effect on the mind, nervous system, muscles and circulation.
During massage treatments toxins are expelled from the tissues and the body systems are stimulated to eliminate waste more efficiently. Therefore please do not be alarmed if you experience some after effects following the treatment – this is normal and a positive sign that your body is responding and starting to balance itself.
After your massage you will usually feel relaxed and be enjoying the benefits of the treatment, however to gain maximum benefit it’s a good idea to follow a few simple guidelines for at least 24 hours and preferably 48 hours after you receive your massage:
Try to rest and relax for the remainder of the day and avoid any strenuous activity.
You may feel relaxed and sleepy after your treatment. This is caused by the release of toxins. After the tiredness has gone, you should feel refreshed and energetic. Take care if you are driving or working.
You may experience heightened emotions – perhaps even being tearful. This is due to the release of tension within the body.
Keep warm as massage and relaxation treatments can make you feel more sensitive to the cold.
Drink plenty of water and/or herbal teas to rehydrate your body, reduce fatigue and to help eliminate toxins from your body.
Avoid alcohol and minimise cigarettes, tea, coffee and fizzy drinks for at least 24 hours, try to drink only water and/or herbal teas. This will help to flush the toxins from your body.
Try to avoid eating a heavy meal soon after the treatment. Eat light meals for the rest of the day to allow your body to concentrate on natural healing and encourage detoxification.
Avoid heat treatments such as hot baths, saunas etc. as this may accelerate the release of toxins and make you feel ill.
Sometimes people experience some aching and tenderness within the muscles for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel a little sore, this is due to the body’s nerves responding to the massage treatment. Do some light gentle stretches or take a warm bath with salts.
Other reactions up to 24-48 hours after treatment may be experienced:
Headache, dizziness or nausea, disrupted sleeping patterns, Increased release of mucus in the nose or mouth, Increased urination/bowel movements, Increased thirst, Stiffness in muscles, Bruising (Sometimes with deeper pressure and trigger pointing technique).
These reactions are normal and show that toxins are being expelled from the body, so that it is rebalancing and cleansing itself. Please remember to tell me about your experience so that it can be taken into consideration during your next session.