BODY KNEADS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE - Massage & Body Treatments by Anita M. Paquette, LMT
After your massage ...
After your massage you may notice changes in your body and mind. Here are some things that may help you get the most from your massage.
  • The most important element to massage after care is to rehydrate ... drink plenty of water ... for the next 24 hours. Since massage promotes lymphatic movement, it's essential that you further promote the movement of toxins out of your system (through the kidneys and circulatory system) with sufficient water intake for the next day.
  • Schedule time to take it easy after your massage.Rest if you feel the need. If you haven't been sleeping well, receiving massage may relax you enough that you may want to go to take a nap or go to bed early to catch up.
  • If the focus of your massage is on a particular injury or body part, remember to stretch, apply ice or heat to that area on the advice of your therapist. Or, you may want to do some gentle movement such as walking in some hours after your massage to encourage your muscles to work in a balanced and efficient way.
  • Sometimes people experience some soreness for 24 hours or so after massage. If you do feel sore or think that you might, stretch gently in a hot shower or take a warm bath with Epsom salts. Also, you should tell me about your experience so it can be taken into consideration in your next session.