Experiencing soreness after a massage is completely natural. During a massage, your therapist works to break up groups of muscles (those pesky knots) by stretching them out and lengthening them. This process may cause post-massage soreness as a by-product of tiny micro-tears in the muscle. These micro-tears allow for blood to flow to that area to start healing – the primary function of massage therapy.
Here are some easy, pleasant things you can do to help prevent some of the next-day soreness!
Spend some downtime after a massage so your nervous system can integrate. We recommend a warm bath with Epson Salt to also help decrease inflammation.
It’s important to always stay hydrated. Depending on the overall hydration of our body’s tissue, our muscle tissue may not be as pliable, and may potentially feel more tender afterward. Drinking plenty of water will also help the body with flushing out toxins.
Stretch it out!
Gradual stretching can help with regularizing the sudden increase in blood flow which may have caused the muscles or nerves disruption. Stretching can also significantly help in loosening up any tensed muscles within the targeted massage area.
As your body becomes accustomed to regular massages, you’ll experience the next-day soreness less frequently, making your experience much more pleasurable.
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