- The body contains toxins that come from many sources, including pollution, stress, and metabolic waste. These toxins may get “stirred up” during your session. Be sure to drink plenty of water for several days after your session to get them out of your system. Each day, drink at least 1/2 an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, plus two glasses. Without proper water consumption, there is an increased risk of bruising in the body.
- Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after a massage. After a massage, alcohol may not be processed properly in the body, resulting in severe consequences, including permanent damage of organs and tissues.
- Avoid caffeine for at least 24 hours after a massage. Caffeine dehydrates the body and can cause an increase in muscle soreness and fatigue.
- It is very common to feel muscle soreness after a massage. The soreness should feel similar to the fatigue your muscles feel the day after a hard workout at the gym. For extra sensitive areas, apply ice up to 3 times a day for up to three days. If soreness persists more than three days, please contact your therapist.
- After a massage, you may feel flu-like side effects or get a headache. Since the lymphatic system (the body's detoxification system) is stimulated during a massage, many of these toxins move more quickly from the body. Drinking herbal peppermint or ginger tea can help sooth the stomach. Increase the amount of water you are drinking and get some rest. Detox teas and capsules can also help reduce longevity of symptoms. With regular massage, the side effects are lessened.
- Several muscles in your body will continue to release for several days after a session. Remember, most of your problems didn't get there overnight, so they won't be relieved overnight. Before your next appointment begins, be sure to give your practitioner feedback about how you felt about your last session. This will help your practitioner work with your needs.
- For several days after you receive bodywork, certain memories or emotions may arise. Just acknowledge them and allow them to flow. Excessive chills without fever are also a sign of emotional release, even if you are unaware of any persisting emotion. Taking a bath with 1 cup Baking Soda can help speed up this process. If you need to speak with your practitioner to help work through the experience, feel free to contact them.
- It is also common to have insomnia or vivid nightmares or dreams after receiving a massage. These symptoms will pass quickly as long as you continue following the other instructions in this section. Know that continued massage can reduce insomnia.
- After lymphatic massage, it is important to get at least one extra hour of sleep, and avoid strenuous work for at least 24 hours.
- Allow yourself to relax. Be present in your body and aware of any differences you might feel, including body posturing and your emotional state. Honor where you are at and how you are feeling. Take time for yourself.
- It is important to contact your therapist and physician immediately if you feel any unusual sensations or extreme pain in your body.
Always update your massage therapist if there are any changes in your health between massages.
- Your massage therapist is not a doctor and does not diagnose or treat illnesses. It is important to always get the advice of your physician regarding medical questions.
- Most of all, allow yourself to enjoy the wonderful benefits of massage. Be happy, knowing that you are taking steps to better your health and improve your quality of life!