Your massage might be only 15 – 20 minutes, but the effects can last days and turn your week around. Maximum massage results are not just up to the masseur!
Follow these steps to stretch the results of your massage into the rest of your week.
Take Your Time
We know you’re busy and trying to fit in work, exercise, and time with loved ones, often in the same day as your massage. Exercise and massage are great for the body, as long as the exercise comes first. Your muscles need time to recover after tissues have been worked, so make sure to schedule the lunch-time sprint or spin class before the massage, and never right after.
Ditch Your Cell Phone
Wherever your massage is, your cell phone shouldn’t be! Allow your body and brain to unwind by clicking your phone to silent and setting it aside. Your ability to turn off your ongoing mental list of to-do’s has a direct line to technological stimulation. Take this time to disconnect. See it as your own battery being re-charged.
Your massage therapist wants to give you what your body needs, and they aren’t mind readers (yet). If pressure is too much or too little, or especially if you’re rehabbing an injury, let your therapist know. It’s their job and passion to respond to your body, your past, and your preferences.
Rehydrate post massage.
During your session, many muscles that may have been dormant for some time will engage and stretch. Much like exercise, they can become dehydrated. Massage also helps to flush toxins out of our bodies, and water completes the job. To avoid low energy and sluggish immunity, keep a water bottle near and full post massage.
Take it easy.
Massage is known to increase levels of dopamine and serotonin, and the release of pent up stress may expose some emotions that have been hiding. Set aside time to assess your mental and bodily health after your massage. Natural reactions, especially the emotional ones, are always better out than in.