Massage improves your circulation (both blood and lymph) and it hydrates tight tissues. Those moments when you feel a flush of warmth and relaxation happen, when circulation is restored to nutrient deprived constricted tissues, trigger or tender points. Massage releases lactic acid and metabolic waste into your body. BUT you need to be well hydrated for the waste to be flushed out. It is really important to drink water to flush that waste out of your system and it ensures the benefits of your massage are not wasted.
Stretching, exercising and moving helps realign your muscle fibres, improve muscle recovery and maintain the glide of your tissues. It also helps to retrain your nervous system and re-establish muscle firing sequences. This is important because it is your nervous system that limits mobility by tightening muscle and other connective tissues.
Listen to your body. Sleep or curl up and read or simply chill out in your favourite way. This is your time to repair, recover and rejuvenate yourself. Allow yourself to have the best sleep you have had for weeks.
Baths not your thing then a warm shower will do nicely. The key word is warm – not hot or cold.
RELEASE YOUR EMOTIONS
Light healthy snacks such as fruit or nuts or a light meal will give your gut something to work on. The increased blood circulation will help with digestion and nutrient absorption.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
It is not normal to experience sharp pain. This may be a sign that a residual trigger point has fired up. Ring your therapist who will discuss the best action…. a quick visit, stretch or other remedy. Your aches should be gone within 24 to 48 hours. Always tell your therapist how your body responded to the last treatment. This way the treatment methods can be modified to reduce any after effects.