You've just completed your massage session and you're feeling GREAT, here are 5 important to-dos to make that feeling last.
1. NOTICE (AND ENJOY!) THE BENEFITS
If you're seeking Massage for a specific purpose, take a moment to notice if you're feeling relief where it's needed and for how long. For general well-being, massage every 2 to 4 weeks is proven to:
2. DRINK WATER!
This is the number one preventative measure for any uncomfortable side effects of your massage. Massage increases circulation, which needs water to carry the oxygen and nutrients to cells and to transport the toxins away from the cells - think of all the adhesions we broke up during your session, those areas are going to require some extra circulatory attention to maintain the change!. Make sure you arrive to your session well-hydrated and have a glass of water after. *A simple tip for drinking water throughout the day: set a water bottle on your desk or workspace, drink one before lunch and one afterwards.
Just like after a workout, after a massage your body needs some time to recover. Even if you're headed back to work or school, take special care to nurture your bodymind with full breaths, a calm state of mind, silence or calming music at low volume, good posture and gentle movements. It's best to avoid strenuous activity right after your massage, unless otherwise advised by your RMT.
4. HAVE A HEALTHY SNACK
Feeling light-headed after your massage? Firstly, it's always best to lay on your side for a couple of breaths BEFORE getting up and changing back into your clothes. This gives your bodymind a chance to seamlessly transition back into your day, and rebalances the distribution of blood from head to toe. You may also want to consider bringing a healthy snack to enjoy after your session. Just like after a workout, the body needs the proper nutrients to restore and integrate the changes made through your massage. Massage also effects your digestive system by increasing metabolism and has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels (this might be an especially important if you are Diabetic) so bringing a piece of fruit will help bring your glucose levels back to normal.
5. PREVENT THESE SPECIFIC DISCOMFORTS :
Within one or two days of your massage, you may experience one of the side effects below. Luckily combined with water and rest, there are a few helpful tips to keep soreness and headache at bay:
MUSCLE SORENESS/STIFFNESS (like after a workout) : Take an Epsom Salt bath! The warm water increases circulation (and hence detoxification) and the magnesium in the salts will help the muscles to relax. Also remember to do some gentle movements with your body (while maintaining good posture of course!) like walking, shoulder circles, lunges, neck stretches or other depending on what area of the body your massage focused.
HEADACHE : Place a cold towel around your neck and/or over your forehead and rest seated or laying on your back. This will pull the blood away from the head and neck areas which will soothe any sensation of pressure.
If you experience either of these after a massage with me, let me know at the beginning of your next session and we'll work some special preventative techniques into your treatment.
6. BOOK BACK IN!
Booking your sessions in advance means that you :
Get your ideal time slot
Catch problems BEFORE they arise
Get into a regular healthy habit.
Scheduling a massage every 2 to 4 weeks is recommended for the best benefits for well-being!
To rebook at Wolfe Chiropractic on Cassel’s St in North Bay book online or call (705) 840 2255.
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