Body Mechanics Tip of the Month: Why am I sore after a massage?
This is a common question I can guarantee every therapist has heard before! Well, I’m here to explain a few things and provide some very important tips on how to minimize soreness.
Massage is a powerful tool to our everyday life; besides making us feel great, it is a stress reducer, a preventative for injury and sickness and it has the power to increase our strength and productivity. I could go on all day about the endless benefits of receiving regular bodywork!
In a sense, receiving a massage can almost feel like you have had a great workout – endorphins, blood flow, a clearer mind, and great sleep are just a few of the post massage/workout benefits!
But chances are there will be times when you wake up the next morning feeling sore (this is normal!).
So what is a good way to minimize that soreness?
Glad you asked!
1. Maintenance! Get on a regular schedule for your bodywork. Stay ahead of the game!
One thing you have probably heard me say is, “the pain comes last.” Don’t wait for the pain to find you, because 9 times out of 10, the problem was there far before the pain kicked in so make the commitment to preventative sessions.
The more commitment you put into keeping your muscles smooth and “knot free” the less achy and sore you will be post massage.
2. Hydration! Be purposeful with your hydration pre and post bodywork. The average body requires half of your body weight in ounces of H2O daily. So use that as a guide when gauging how much H2O you should drink.
3. Another great tool in addition to massage and optimum wellness is adding on a far infrared session prior to your massage session. Benefits include:
- Elimination of heavy metals – far infrared sauna penetrates the body on a cellular level to eliminate heavy metals, toxins, and lactic acid
- Preparation of your muscle and tissue for a deeper level massage
- Promotion of muscle recovery.
Post massage recommendations:
An Epson salt soak is always a wonderful idea (preferably pharmaceutical grade)
Magnesium has a powerful effect on the body so utilize those benefits.
DO NOT complete a heavy workout post massage! Allow your body to rebalance naturally using the tools and tips provided.
Here are a few recommended post massage success products we have right here at The Spa Central Coast.
1. Poseidon muscle rub (Arnica based anti-inflammatory)
2. CBD topical rub
3. “I am soothed of aches and pains” essential oil can be added into your bath or applied directly
4. White egret pharmaceutical grade Epson salt and magnesium oil (Lavender or Eucalyptus)
Feel free to ask your therapist for recommendations and also check with the front desk if you need more info on any of these products!
In good health,