A massage works in wonderful ways, easing stress and pain, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation, loosening tight muscles, stimulating internal organs, and enhancing skin. The multiplicity of physiological responses sends a simple, clear message to the mind: Massage feels good. Of course, you want to hold on to that just-had-a-massage feeling — total body relaxation, muscles relaxed and at ease, and fluid movement restored — for as long as possible.
But how long that bliss lasts depends on the state of your body. If you’re suffering from chronic pain or recovering from injury, then it may take more sessions and perhaps different modalities before optimal health is restored.
If massage is part of your regular health regimen, then it’s more likely the effects will endure. In other words, the effects of massage are cumulative, like any healthy habit.
Maintenance: Whether you get a massage weekly, monthly, or just every once in a while, the following habits can maximize and extend the afterglow of treatment.
Water – drink plenty of water after a massage.
Stretching – stretching between massages to maintain joint mobility, prevent muscles from tightening up again, and keeping the life energy flowing.
Body Awareness – after a massage, respect how your body feels. If your body seems to ask for rest, give in to that demand.
Diet – finally, since you’ve just rid the body of toxins, support the body’s renewed state by adhering to a healthy diet.
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Susan Patton is a Certified Massage Therapist. She graduated from AKS Massage School in 2005. Her office is located in Dumfries, Virginia.
Find out more about Susan at Essential Wellness Massage.