Written by Damien White


Typically after a massage you may experience some or all of the following:

  • Tiredness due to release of toxins encouraged by the treatment
  • Allow your body to rest after the massage. Local muscular aches/soreness and/or headaches due to the nerve fibres responding to the massage performed on the muscles
  • The experience can be related to the same type of muscular soreness you my experience after a hard training session. Massage can also dehydrate the body
  • To maximise the benefits of the massage you are advised to increase your intake of water for at least two days after the massage. Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep
  • Held feelings and emotions. Frequent urination due to stimulation of the lymphatic system; particularly if you increase your water consumption. Changed sleep patterns
  • Your body clock may change. A possible increase in bowel movements.Spots may occur
  • Released toxins and hormones may surface on the skin. Possible symptoms you experience are absolutely normal and should subside within 12-24 hours. Muscular aches can last for up to a couple of days after the massage depending on the condition of the muscles in the first place (chronically stressed or knotted muscles will often take a couple of days to settle).

Tips to help your body gain the maximum benefits of your massage:

  • Drink plenty of water! Massage increases the flow of blood around your body and releases toxins. It is essential to increase your intake of water after your massage.
  • Rest– allow your body to enjoy the benefits of your massage and take it easy.
  • Limit alcohol/caffeine after the massage– these contribute to the dehydration of your body.
  • Eat a light protein based meal.
  • Learn to stretch and stretch your muscles regularly.

The Benfits of Stretching

As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimised. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier.

Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased range of movement in the joints
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
  • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Post-treatment stretching can also aid in your muscular recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of daily activity, sport and exercise, and the less likely that they'll become injured.

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