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After your massage, 5 things you should consider doing

Massage on the body, whether for relaxation or therapeutic reasons; offers many physical, mental and emotional benefits. The benefits received by the body can be enhanced or benefits may detract when self care does not follow after your massage. So, to maximize and prolong all those benefits gained from your massage session, try incorporating these 5 things post massage.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Massage therapy involves fluid moving strokes, that move towards the lymph, massage releases lactic acid that has become built up in muscle tissue- drinking water helps to flush out toxins and helps to eliminate any next day soreness that may occur.

  2. Avoid showering for atleast 2 hours post massage. This will allow the oils to penetrate and moisturize the skin.

  3. Avoid any strenuous or laborious activities for atleast 8-12 hours after the massage or for the remainder of the day. It is best to allow the body to keep activity to a minimum. Light stretching is acceptable and encouraged post massage. The body is still adjusting and working on all those great benefits so it's best to just relax and rest.

  4. Eat a light and nutritious snack or meal. Your body will use those nutrients to help with repairing, and re-energizing.

  5. Relax in your own way (napping, reading, watching a show, taking a walk, spending time with your loved ones or pets) or choose a self care activity that makes you feel good and/or is conducive to your mental, physical, emotional or spiritual well-being.

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