How To: Make massage benefits last!
A Lead Practitioner’s Guide
By: Allie Schmier, Lead Massage Therapist
The benefits of massage are endless. Massages can help with sleep problems, anxiety, specific and full body pain, depression, and circulation; I could go on and on! If you have ever received a massage by a professional, you understand that they are a wonderful experience that helps you feel rejuvenated. That rejuvenated feeling sometimes only lasts a few days.
Wouldn’t you like to know how to massage benefits last a few weeks?
Before Your Massage
Before your massage, try to become as relaxed as possible. We all lead hectic lives, so sometimes this is easier said than done. One option to help you get into “massage-mode” is to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment. Grab some water or hot tea and unwind. The day of your appointment, make sure you start off with plenty of water. A massage works to rid your muscles of any toxins. Dehydration can lead your muscles to tense back up rather than remaining elongated and relaxed.
During Your Massage
Try your best to clear your head while lying on the massage table. Doing so will ensure there is little resistance when your massage therapist is trying to work out a knot or muscle. If you’re totally vulnerable to the massage, your body will thank you for it in the long run! If you notice it takes you a little extra time to relax during your session, consider scheduling a longer massage. A 75 minute, 90 minute, or even a 2 hour massage will allow more time to ease into your session.
After Your Massage
Water, water, water! Again, this will help flush out any toxins that were released during your massage. If you received a deeper massage, stretching is going to help your muscles not to tighten back up into their normal position. The more frequently you receive a massage, the easier it will be for your muscle memory will change. This change will help your muscles elongate and relax more easily in your daily life!
Become a Regular
If you are a frequent guest for a massage, I am sure you see the results lasting one to two weeks (or more) because you follow these helpful guidelines. If you are an occasional guest for massage and you wish to see more benefits, schedule regular massages and take your practitioners advice on how to promote and maintain a more relaxed life! Feel free to refer back to this post to make the most of your session.