Post Treatment Tips For After A Massage Session:

Due to the release of lactic acid from the muscles during a massage, it is always important to drink plenty of water the next couple of days (at least 8 glasses).  This will help the kidneys to flush the system.  But of course, it is always a good idea to drink plenty of water.

The massage is also helping to stimulate the movement of Lymph out of the body.  The extra water will help facilitate this process.

The extra lactic acid and lymph released from the tissues may cause some slight soreness in the muscles over the next day or two.  While it may seem that this is not a good thing, it is actually a sign that you had a good massage.  It lets you know that the therapist has done their job.  The soreness will subside quite quickly and you should feel substantially better on the second day after your massage.  By then the liver and kidneys have helped to rid the body of the excess lactic acid and lymph congestion.

Soreness should not be confused with pain though.  Everyone's body is different and responds differently to massage.  If you feel "off" for more than 24 hours after a massage please tell your therapist before your next session and the pressure and technique can be adjusted to better suit your needs.

One of the things you can do to help your body relax and release more toxins is to soak in an Epsom salt bath after your appointment or sometime the same day.  The magnesium in the Epsom salt will help your muscles to relax and also help stimulate better circulation to the muscles.  Measure 2 - 4 cups of Epsom salt into the tub and fill tub with hot water to your tolerance.  Soak in tub for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

Sometimes some muscle tension can be caused because you are not getting enough calcium, magnesium or potassium in your diet.  This can be especially true if you lead a very active lifestyle.  Working out burns up a lot of minerals in the body.  It is quite common for most people to be low in magnesium intake.  This is a crucial mineral to help relax muscles and calm the nervous system.  Magnesium supplementation can help in recovery after stressful workouts and also helps to relax the muscles more after a good massage.

Yoga is a great practice for helping to maintain balance in the muscle and skeletal structure of the body.  It helps you to maintain a good body-mind connection and a better sense of balance in general.  Yoga benefits your joints with better flexibility and decreases spasms in the muscles and fascial tissues of the body.  Doing yoga regularly will help you to manage stress better and is great for helping to release the lactic acid from the body after a good massage.  Try doing it the next morning after a massage.  Talk about turning on your Light!!!

One of the best ways to avoid injury is to get in a routine of getting a regular massage.  Make it part of a healthy lifestyle.  You will be more connected with your body and in a better frame of mind.  Who knows, it may even help you get that promotion at your work, all because you start to treat everyone nicer around you because you feel so much better.

If you have any inflammation in an area of the body, it is always a good idea to ice the area after a massage.  The ice will help to reduce the inflammation and calm the nervous system as well.  Make sure to place a warm, wet wash- cloth in between the ice pack and your skin.  This will help to dissipate the cold better.  Also, do not leave the ice pack on more than 15-20 minutes at a time.  You may re-apply the ice pack several times with 30 minute intervals in between applications.

Don't go too long in between your next appointment if you have had an injury.  Pain can become a vicious cycle.  The most important thing to do is reduce the inflammation and increase circulation and range of motion to an area after an injury.  Massage should definitely be part of the equation during the healing process.  It will help to lessen the pain cycle, increase circulation and your range of motion after an injury.  Also, regular massage can help to decrease the amount of scar tissue formed during the healing process.

 Above all, honor the importance of receiving some good healthy touch in your life.  We all deserve it and far too often don't receive enough.  Massage is a wonderful way to give that to yourself.  So call me soon and let me bring some Light into your life...

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