The only thing better than being in the middle of a
massage is the sense of bliss afterwards.
 There’s nothing quite like it!  There are a couple of things
you can do to keep the afterglow going for as long as possible.
 It is recommended to take it easy in the next
several hours following your session, therefore you should do your best to
schedule and plan your day accordingly to maximize the post-massage benefits.
Our bodies are 60% water, and although we are lying down
during the massage, our muscles are being manipulated to the point where a
massage can be interpreted by the body as passive exercise (particularly in a deep tissue or
stretching session
), which may lead to more water retention.  Therefore, one of the primary suggestions we
have for your post-massage day is to stay
This will help the body
return to a hydrated and relaxed state.  Water also helps flush out the toxins
freed from our lymphatic systems and increase blood flow.  Accordingly, blood requires proper hydration
to flow freely.

In addition to proper hydration, your body will also
appreciate it if you eat something healthy afterwards.  While a heavy indulgent meal may be tempting, the
body is still in recovery mode so it is best to skip a large dinner in favor of
a light, nutritious snack that won’t make you feel bloated and sluggish.
The sleepy feeling, which sometimes accompanies the end of
the massage, may result in you wanting to take a nap.  If your schedule permits, by all means do so!
 Your body is in “rest and recovery” mode
and sleep is a welcome addition to this healing process.

Consequently, it might be best not to start an exercise
regime in the hours following your session. 
Muscles are lengthened and worked during a massage; any overly strenuous
activity might result in injury. 
Nevertheless, a short walk with the dog might help to awaken you, but
anything more is not recommended.  The
most ideal situation would be to have a warm – not hot – bath afterwards.  It will aid in muscle recovery, especially if
Epsom salts are added as they increase circulation.
In conclusion, enjoy the benefits of having a massage by
avoiding any stressful or strenuous activity in the hours after it, and instead
consider extending your “me-time” and taking the day to relax.  Don’t forget to book your next appointment!

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