Drink the water!
There’s a reason why I give you a refreshing bottle of water after a treatment; it’s to help hydrate your body and keep your muscles relaxed. Water is great for your skin and your muscles at the cellular level. Staying hydrated can even help to prevent headaches.
Keep up the stretching
If you are one of the many people who feel achy and tight after a day at work, stretch! It’s a very common problem, but there’s a very simple solution….stretch.
If you make a habit of including stretching in your daily routine, it can help with muscle aches and soreness, and can make the effects of your massage last longer. In between sessions, having a good stretch helps support the work that’s been done to relax your muscles on the treatment table. It doesn’t matter when you fit your stretches in, as long as you make it a habit. Stretches shouldn’t ever hurt, so don’t overdo it. Easing into stretches gently, and holding them for at least 30 seconds will give you good results.
Epsom salt baths are great for keeping muscle aches and stiff joints at bay – they contain magnesium which is also good for relieving stress. To prevent soreness after a massage, add Epsom salts to your bath as directed and soak. Use moisturizer after your soak to keep your body’s first line of defense, your skin, hydrated.
Hot and cold therapy
In between massages you might start feeling the build-up of tension – try heat therapy. Applying heat can help to sooth aching muscles and relieve tightness and tension. Heat can also improve and stimulate blood flow to the area. Try a heating pad, a rice or corn bag or heat up a damp towel in the microwave using 30 second intervals to check the temperature. A towel can burn-take it from me-I am the voice of experience!
If you injure yourself between massage sessions, try using cold therapy. Cold therapy is good for strains, sprains and other minor injuries (if you’re unsure, or are in serious pain, see your healthcare provider). For pain and/or swelling, use a cold pack (or a frozen bottle of water, or frozen vegetables in a bag) and wrap it in a towel to avoid cold burns. If you’re using a frozen bottle as a cold pack, a thick sock works well as a barrier. If you’ve been overdoing it and you have sore feet, try rolling the frozen bottle under your foot. You can alternate between hot and cold therapy but always leave a period in between for your body to adjust.
One last and very important tip; make your massage sessions part of your regular self-care routine. If you’re unsure about how often you need a massage, please ask me. I will never try to book you for appointments that you do not want or need. I will help you decide if you need some extra sessions for problem areas or how often you should schedule maintenance care. And as always, your massage is tailored to your needs, where you are at the time of your massage. I am looking forward to helping you on your journey of ‘living well’.