So, you have just treated yourself for Massage Therapy session with your favorite Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). You are feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and healed!
After taking care of payment and booking your next appointment, your RMT reminds you of a few things to do when you get home or later that day. Once you step back into life and seem further away from that great massage you just had, you stop to think “What did my RMT tell me to do again?”
Important Things To Do After A Massage
Over half our body is made up of water (depends on age, gender and overall health). So it only makes sense to drink water right? Drinking water helps to flush out toxins released from the muscles and properly re-hydrates your muscles therefore reducing muscle aches and pains after a massage. A glass or two of H2O can also help to center your body/mind since a massage treatment can sometimes leave us feeling a bit spacey.
Especially with a Deep Tissue Massage, your muscle fibers need to realign and be flushed of the toxins released from the muscle. Stretching can help to do this realignment and improve proper muscle recovery therefore reducing post massage muscle pain.
Hydrotherapy (Epsom Salt Bath/Whirlpool/Infrared Sauna)
Similar to the effects of drinking water and stretching, hydrotherapy can also prolong the sense of relaxation to your body/mind and induce a deeper sleep that night while promoting healthy muscle recovery.
Massage Therapy has a big effect on circulation and stimulates digestion among other systems of the body. Keeping a small snack with you to eat after a massage will provide your body with an instant electrolyte boost (especially if you tend to feel light headed after massages)
I know, this sounds kinda strange. Most people may not even feel like they need to but when you urinate, you are getting rid of toxins that your body cannot use. So Drink water then pee.
**Also, it is important to avoid any strenuous activities after a massage and avoid negative people who create stress for you!