Please note: Blood vessels can become less efficient at flushing waste when they are buried in contracted muscles. The resulting build-up of metabolic waste from chronic tension is released with the massage. Sometimes our bodies will react to the increased waste moving through the bloodstream. This can possibly lead to nausea, dizziness, soreness, and headaches.
After receiving the effects of a massage, it is an added benefit to take a few extra precautions:
- Drink plenty of purified water! This will help to flush your body of any metabolic waste and/or toxins that were released from your muscles as they became more relaxed. You still may experience a day or two of increased soreness in specific areas that received deeper work. This is normal and once it’s gone will leave you feeling as good as new!
- Rest. If there is an activity that regularly irritates or inflames your muscles, it is best to avoid this activity directly after a massage. Rather, let your muscles integrate the work they have received before returning to your regular habits.
- Gentle stretching and exercises are wonderful post-massage activities. Your recently kneaded muscles have increased circulation and with elongated muscle fibers and released fascia you’ll be able to get a good opening stretch!