We all love to feel like a massage was very effective and helped us feel loose for days or weeks afterward. Here a few things you can do to help maximize the effects of your massage.
BEFORE YOUR MASSAGE
Hydrating a few days before (or the day of) your massage is very helpful in allowing your muscles to release salty wastes and lactic acids.
You can also go for a little walk, work out or stretch before a massage to warm up your muscles and start making them more pliable. No worries if you don’t have time: we can still give you a great massage.
DURING YOUR MASSAGE
The single-most important key to getting the most out of your massage is to communicate with your therapist. Most of that communication is done during the interview process before your massage even begins. It is important to know that you can change your mind at any time, even during your massage: just let us know. You can fine-tune the pressure we’re using or ask questions. We will happily adjust the temperature or music for you. We are here to make your massage an unforgettably wonderful experience.
Relaxed breathing is also important while you receive your massage. Massage encourages a more full, complete breath to help you achieve a relaxed state of being.
AFTER YOUR MASSAGE
You’ll want to drink plenty of water after your massage. Generally we recommend drinking 8 glasses of water within 24 hours of receiving a massage. Another guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces.
We recommend going for a short walk after your massage. A 10- to 20-minute walk can help your body flush toxins while adopting a new state of tone and balance.
It is not uncommon to feel muscular soreness, like that of exercise, after a deep massage. Icing for up to 10 minutes at a time is recommended to alleviate any soreness.
During the first 24 hours after your massage, your body is incorporating its new balance. Your personal workouts during this time should be focused on good form and tempered to about 70% of your normal effort.