Whether you often visit health spas or you’ve just booked your first massage at home therapy from Urban Company, it’s likely that you aren’t too aware of some essential post-massage tips.
Here’s a List of Don’ts i.e. things you shouldn’t do after a massage, and what you should do instead. Keep these in mind to make the most of your therapy.
Don’t #1. Don’t Forget to Drink Water
Here’s what happens when you don’t drink a glass of water after a massage therapy session: A massage leaves you dehydrated, due to which both circulation systems, blood, and lymphatic become sluggish. The lymphatic system, in particular, isn’t able to do its job of carrying toxins out of your body, leading to a toxic build-up, and defeating the purpose of getting a detoxifying massage.
Instead, Drink a Full Glass of Water
Do not substitute this tea, coffee, alcohol, or any other beverage. These are diuretics i.e. they make you pee more, consequently making your body lose more water without giving your body a chance to retain fluids.
Don’t #2. Don’t Shower Immediately
Many of our customers admit that they shower as soon as their massage session has ended, mostly to wash off the oil. This is a big mistake. Truth is that the massage simply heats up the essential oils, and they still need another hour to get absorbed into the skin cells.
Instead, Wait for an Hour Before Hitting the Shower
Let the oils seep into your skin before taking a ‘warm’ shower.
Don’t #3. Don’t Shower With Hot Water
It’s tempting to soak yourself in a steaming hot bath after a long, relaxing massage. This is another bad idea. In case you’re suffering from any muscle injury, hot water will only aggravate the inflammation. Use cold water for pain relief.
Instead, Shower With Warm Water
Warm water is at just the right temperature to relax your body without aggravating your muscles. In case you’re seeking pain relief, use an ice compress or cold water.
Don’t #4. Don’t Eat a Heavy Meal After a Massage
Massages make you feel hungry. That’s because of the increased blood circulation which induces all your body systems into high-performance mode – including the digestive system. A heavy meal, however, will only make your body feel sluggish, bloated, and lethargic, instead of energized
Instead, Eat a Light Snack
A light healthy snack will leave you feeling energetic and won’t take a toll on your stomach. Save the heavy meal for later in the day.
Don’t #5. Don’t Head Outside or Do Anything Strenuous
An hour-long massage sets your body and mind to relax mode. It’s best to let it continue in that state of being instead of ‘waking them up. Also, doing any kind of strenuous activity – like gymming – can injure your muscles.
Instead, Do Some Light Activity
After a massage, you should try prolonging the feeling of calmness. Rest, read a book, Netflix and chill, do anything that relaxes you physically and mentally. It’s best to book a massage for a day when you know you’ll be home for a good 4-6 hours.