Vigorous exercise is not recommended after a massage. However, walking for 10-15 minutes will encourage your body to readjust and settle into it's new alignment.
It is a good idea to let your body rest and heal, especially if you have not had a massage in a while. Please me mindful to avoid strenuous movement, especially sudden jolting movements and heavy lifting, for a day after treatment. The intensity of a workout should be mild-moderate. Sustained pressure on connective tissue makes it more gel-like. The technical term for this change is thixotropic effect. This state of increased softness lasts about twenty-four hours, so high-intensity exercise may pull or move the tissue back to old patterns or even induce new strain patterns.
Massage encourages our tissues to release previously trapped toxins into your bloodstream. Therefore, drinking water is helps to flush out the excess toxins. So drink a bit more than you usually do.
Drinking water before a massage is equally recommended as well, as hydrated, nourished muscles are easier to manipulate. As myofascial restrictions release, they undergo a state change, becoming more hydrated and fluid or gelatinous. This requires water. Being hydrated allows you heal faster, aides in preventing post-treatment soreness, and ensures that the releases of tight fascia (which occur during treatment) last longer.
You may feel some soreness within 48 hrs which may last for up to 72 hrs on rare occasions after receiving deep bodywork . The soreness is due to sustained pressure to the deeper tissue layers that assist in the break up of muscular adhesions, and release of toxins to allow for blood, oxygen, and nutrients to better circulate and flow through the area that was restricted. This is a normal reaction to treatment. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt is made up of naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate. The decrease of magnesium - which aids in regulating the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body can contribute to hypertension, hyperactivity, and heart conditions. The magnesium in Epsom salt can help relieve swelling and pain. While sulfate is critical for various biological processes by flushing out toxins while also forms proteins in joints, brain tissue and proteins. Epsom salt baths is a safe, inexpensive and easy way to increase the body's levels of both magnesium and sulfate.
When you do exercise or sit at a desk for extended periods it is important to stretch. Yoga is a great way to increase your strength and flexibility while reducing blood pressure and insomnia. Useful tools such as, foam rollers and tennis balls are helpful for self-myofascial release.
Poor postural habits as they become ingrained in your body cause tightened, shortened muscles while others lengthen and become weak. Repetition is the key to any good or bad habit, so be mindful of how you conduct your daily activities.