You’ve just finished with your massage. After blinking the sleep out of your eyes, somehow managing to get back into your clothes, and then being blinded after opening the door, your therapist hands you a glass of water. Then they tell you this and that about how to take care of your body for the rest of the day. You may have been so relaxed you didn’t really hear the post care instructions. Not to worry! We’re going to lay it out quick and simple, so you’ll be ready for your next massage!
Drinking lots of water for the rest of the day is the most important thing you can do for post massage care. Whether your session was purely for relaxation, or you were working on some chronic issues, your circulation has just been boosted and lymphatic movement stimulated. Re-hydrating your body is the best way to get any toxins to your kidneys and out of your body. And no, coffee and tea don't count!
An Epsom Salt bath is an amazing way to keep the relaxing effect of a massage working well after the massage is done. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is a natural muscle relaxant, and it helps draw toxins out of the body. Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. It is often used to help ease pain with minor sprains and bruises. Combined with wholesome additives, a mineral salt bath can be very relaxing and have other great benefits as well. The Rustic offers several soaks with great relaxing scents and botanical additives.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Every body is different, and every body responds differently to massage. You may feel sore, even if you didn’t get a deep tissue massage. This is totally normal, and shouldn’t last more than a day, or two at most. If you are sore longer than two days, then tell your therapist so they can adjust their pressure or technique to best suit your body. Your therapist wants to know what works for you and what doesn’t. Our goal is to give you the best massage FOR YOU!
Sometimes after a massage you feel like you have just woken up from the best night of sleep in your life. Sometimes you feel like you need to take the longest sleep of your life! Not only does massage work your body, but also your mind. You’ve just spent an hour or more of intense relaxation, something that is precious in our busy daily lives. If you feel like you need to take it easy and take a nap… do it! Try not to book a massage if you have a busy day ahead, or have to go back to work. A massage is best when you can take it easy after.
Because your session was working body and mind, it is common to have an emotional reaction after your massage. If you are dealing with a lot of stress or pressure, some of that can just come out. It’s okay! Some people have a good cry after their massage, and some people feel like they’re on cloud nine! Either response is okay. Let it come, and let it go. It’s what your body needs.
See? That wasn’t too much. Now that you’ve really gotten the gist of what your therapist was trying to tell your far-too-relaxed ears, you’ll be ready for the next massage! If you have any questions before your next session, just give your therapist a call. They are delighted to help you feel more comfortable. They don’t call them therapists for no reason!