WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…
Massage involves the rubbing and manipulating of muscles, tendons, skin and ligaments. Massage has moved beyond the walls of your favorite spa to medical settings, such as clinics and hospitals. A full body massage offers multiple benefits, both physically and psychologically. Consult a physician before having a massage if you have medical conditions, such as cancer, fractures, blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or if you are pregnant.
Benefits of a massage:
- Reduced stress
- Pain and stiffness relief
- Increase circulation
- Skin texture benefits
- It improves sleep
Home care massage after a massage:
After any massage treatment you may experience various reactions none of which you should be concerned with. The body has been stimulated and relaxed and it is now adjusting to this by ridding itself of toxins and working on any problem areas that have been treated.
Common reactions include:
- Increased desire to urinate
- Intensified emotional reactions
- Aching muscles
- Increase in production of mucous from the nasal passages
- Healing crisis where symptoms become worse for a few hours before they begin to improve
To make sure you get the most from your treatment it would be wise to consider some of the following:
Drink more water as water is important to our bodies to help breakdown and flush out toxins. Increasing your consumption of fluids can prevent dehydration, headaches, nausea and promote the elimination of toxins.
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after a treatment as your body is eliminating toxins already in the body it would be wise to avoid adding more (this can also apply to smoking, if possible try and refrain from smoking).
Avoid driving around or going back to work immediately afterwards.
Look at your diet, eating less red meat can have a positive affects and help maintain the positive effects of a treatment.
If possible incorporate some exercise routines into your day, this could have a positive affect on your psychological and physical being. In some cases please consult your GP first.
If working in an office take breaks during the day to get away from the computer and stretch your legs and back by touching your toes.
Look at your workspace, are the ergonomics appropriate to your needs?
If you feel any stiffness a day after your massage, try to relax in a warm bath or apply a hot conpress or water bottle on the area. You may also apply deep heat on the area.