After you have received a massage, it will up to you to do some things that will help your body process the treatment.
- Drink LOTS of water. I suggest about 1/2 – 1 gallon daily in general. But that’s based on your climate, body weight, and activity level. Post massage it’s good to drink at least a 1/2 gallon over the first 24 hours to flush out the toxins that the massage has set free from your tissue.
- Soak in a hot epsom salt bath. You can find this at any drug store or grocery store, usually in a 1/2 gallon milk-like carton. The water should be as hot as you can stand without being too hot. If you have a standard bathtub, you will typically want to put anywhere from 1/4 – 1/2 of the container in the tub while the water is running. (This is also good after exercise or if you are sick or fighting a cold or flu.) Stay in the tub until the water cools, and then shower (soap/shampoo) off to remove any salt residue from your skin and hair.
- Relax. I know it sounds silly, but try to minimize your activity for the rest of the day. If you have to work, exercise, or wrangle children, I understand. It’s better to get a massage with those post treatment activities than not to get one. But try to rest as much as possible.
- Incorporate the suggestions into your life. It’s likely that during the massage we discussed some things you can do to help your body. Write them down, that way you have them and can begin to integrate the changes that make sense for you. Here are some examples: changes in diet (reducing caffeine, alcohol or sugar) ergonomic improvements for sleep (cervical pillow, knee pillow) or work (lumbar support, foot stool, arm support), supplements (boswellia, MSM), seeing another practitioner (chiropractor, acupuncturist), and practicing yoga or Pilates.
- Utilize some self-massage tools. I love the Foam Roller (36″ x 6″ round — available for about $30.00 online). But there are MANY others. If you have a specific area to work on, let me know and I’ll see if I can suggest something. I’m working on a page of links to cool self-massage tools. Things as simple as tennis balls, golf balls and ice can be life changing (in a good way).