You sigh deeply when your massage therapist announces the session is over. You lie on the table for a few minutes after they step outside, wishing you could stay this relaxed forever.
Does this sound familiar?
While it’s true that you have to return to the real world (eventually), there are some things you can do to prolong those feelings of relaxation and well-being. You’ve probably heard a lot about spa etiquette and what to do before or during a message, but what about afterward?
In this post, we’ll review what to do after massage to maximize those physical and mental health benefits. Read on!
1. DO Drink Plenty of Water
The first thing your therapist does after each session is hands you a glass of water, right? There’s a reason for that!
Drinking water helps to rehydrate your body and flush out lactic acid and other toxins from your system. Drinking a few extra glasses after your massage allows your body to recover and leaves you less prone to next-day muscle soreness.
2. DON’T Overdo Caffeine or Alcohol
You’re on vacation — shouldn’t you be allowed to drink whatever you want after your relaxing day at the spa? Yes, but moderation is the name of the game.
Keep in mind that caffeine and alcohol both have a dehydrating effect on your body, especially when you’re at high elevation. It’s okay to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, but try to wait at least a few hours after your massage is over (and don’t skimp on that water in the meantime).
3. DO Refuel Your Body
It’s normal to feel hungry after a massage, but you’ll want to avoid eating a heavy meal. Instead of feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you’ll only feel tired and sluggish.
Instead, reach for some healthy snacks like nuts, veggies, fruit, or lean protein. This will give your body the energy it needs without slowing you down.
4. DON’T Do Anything Strenuous
We get it — you’re excited to get back out on the mountain for another day of skiing or cycling! And tomorrow, your body will be primed for another day of activity.
But for the rest of the day after your massage, it’s best to take it easy. Listen to your body. If you feel like sleeping, take a nap. Curl up and read a book, soak in the hot tub, or enjoy a warm beverage and watch the sunset. The goal is to prolong that euphoric buzz from your massage as long as possible!
5. DO Welcome Any Emotional Changes
It’s common to feel elated, refreshed, and energetic after a massage. You might also feel sleepy, silly, or even a little loopy.
However, you might also notice some unexpected feelings during or after your session. Because you store memories and emotions in different parts of your body — not just your mind — massage can sometimes trigger an emotional release.
So if you find yourself feeling tired, moody, or nostalgic, or if you feel like having a good cry, don’t fight it! This is a healthy and perfectly normal way for your body to let go of emotional baggage and tension and heal itself.
6. DON’T Forget to Do Your Homework
After your session, your therapist may recommend some homework to help you feel your very best. This might include stretching, soaking in an Epsom salt bath, or using a foam roller.
As your return to “normal” life after your massage, don’t forget to follow up with specific stretches, exercises, or other recommendations your therapist makes. This ensures you’ll feel great and stay limber until your next trip to the spa.
Now You Know What to Do After Massage
To maximize the benefits of your next massage, it’s just as important to know what to do after massage as before and during the session. Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to feel amazing long after you get off the table!
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