Massages are highly beneficial, mentally and physically, through the actions of your massage therapist and the spa environment. There are a few things you can do to enhance your experience and maximize the benefits of your massage.
This is something you should do anyways because of the benefits drinking water has on your overall health and wellness, but following your massage, drinking plenty of water is key to your recovery. You may not think you need “recovery” after a massage, but the pressure and strokes of a massage release toxins stored in your muscles to be released as metabolic waste. Drinking plenty of water the few days following your massage will help to flush out your system and reduce the risk of feeling fatigue because of this process.
Get Plenty of ZZZs
Getting a massage can be a powerful tool for healing and mental relaxation. Taking extra time after your massage to relax will help extend the therapeutic benefits you experienced at the spa. So, go home, dim the lights, and take it easy.
A massage can be a surprising stimulant for your muscles, especially massages like a deep tissue or bamboo fusion massage. Avoid hitting the gym or going for a run after a massage to avoid from over stimulation and stress.
As you are relaxing at home and not overdoing it, relive your spa experience to regenerate the same mental effects. Take a deep breath and take in the calming scent of the oils used in your treatment or feel how much it has moisturized your skin, making your feel silky smooth!
Take a Bath
Taking a bath with some Epsom salt and other relaxing additives can help you to further relax while helping to remove the loosened toxins from your body. To create a detoxifying bath, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath and soak for 12-15 minutes.
Deeper massage techniques may leave you feeling a little sore, especially if you have never tried them before. These techniques have loosened muscle adhesions (“knots”), which can lead to soreness. To help after the fact, alternate between moist heat and ice (10 minutes each) to help the muscles relax and heal.