Water is what helps the body to flush out the toxins. Massage helps to increase the circulation of both the blood and the lymphatic system. Your blood needs water in it to keep it moving and doing its job of bringing oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, organs and other tissues. Without adequate water, the lymph system becomes sluggish and doesn’t do its job properly. This can lead to low immunity as well as aches, pains and fatigue from the build-up of these toxins.
Have a snack on hand to have after your massage. Because massage speeds up your circulatory systems, other body functions can also be increased — this includes your digestive system. However, it’s not recommended to have a large meal right before a massage to combat this though. Mainly because it will likely be uncomfortable lying on a very full tummy while someone is pressing on you from above. Again, a light snack, an hour or so before your massage, can help if you tend to get light headed, or feel ravenously hungry after, or even during, a treatment.
After a massage you feel more relaxed, your muscles are looser, you feel calm and content. Heading to work, going to the gym, or out for a night on the town, are both not the best options for you right now. While sometimes it’s unavoidable, try to book your massage for a time when you know you can go straight home after it. Put your feet up, read a book, watch some TV, have a nap…whatever helps you to continue to feel good and helps to prolong that calm feeling of wellbeing. Listen to your body. If you feel like having a sleep — do it. If you want to stretch out on the couch — go for it. Your muscles have just been worked and manipulated, this is your time to recover, repair and retune yourself.
Have a bath
What could be better than that feeling of sinking into a nice warm bath after a massage? This can help with the above advice of rest, take a little more time out and allow your body to relax completely. Adding some salts to the bath will also help with easing any aches and pains.If you don’t have a bath, a warm shower can be just as good. Keep in mind the word warm is important here — a scorching hot bath will increase inflammation, which isn’t a good idea after a massage. If you are having trouble with inflammation (including swelling), you should ice the area instead. The cold will constrict the blood vessels which helps to reduce the blood flow (and therefore swelling) to the area.
Notice your body’s reaction
Have you ever left a massage feeling a little sore in your muscles? Or perhaps you’ve noticed it the next day? This is also normal — it’s most common after a deep tissue massage, but can happen after a more gentle massage as well. Remember that through massage we are working the muscles, so it’s like a passive form of exercise. As well as this, when muscles get overly tight, they can constrict the blood vessels in the area. Over time, this stops the circulatory system from effectively flushing out the waste in that area and you can get a build-up, which causes soreness. When releasing this tension, the blood can start flushing out those toxins, but it can leave you feeling a bit tender, like you’ve just had a workout. This soreness should not be too severe — more like the ache after a big exercise session. And it shouldn’t last more than a day or two.