After your massage you may notice profound changes in your body and mind. Here are some things that have helped many people get the most from their massage.
1. Drink extra water. During a massage circulation is improved, which helps flush irritating waste products from stressed muscles and other tissues. Drinking water aids the functioning of the whole body including the circulation and the kidneys, which are both involved with relieving the body of waste products. Drinking extra water also seems to help reduce soreness and fatigue after a massage.
2. Schedule time to take it easy after your massage. Rest if you feel the need. If you can, take a nap or get in bed early. If you haven’t been sleeping well, receiving massage may relax you enough that you will want to turn in and catch up.
3. If the focus of your massage is on a particular injury or body part, remember to stretch, ice, or apply heat to that area with the advice of your massage therapist. Or, you may want to do some gentle movement, such as walking, sometime in the hours after your massage to mildly encourage your muscles to work in a balanced and efficient way.
4. People sometimes experience some soreness for 24 to 48 hours after a massage session. Extensive deep tissue massage work may cause temporary swelling and tenderness due to the release of lactic acid and other metabolic byproducts. This soreness feels much like the soreness one gets from working out.
If you do feel sore, stretch gently, apply an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes several times or take a warm bath with Epsom salts. If this soreness continues or discomfort increases, please call us.
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Strategies for Staying Well
There are many important lifestyle choices we can make this winter to strengthen our immune system and reduce our risk of contacting winter infections. Among these are taking nutritional supplements, eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, washing our hands well, giving up smoking, trying not to get chilled, and getting sufficient rest. Fortunately, one of the most effective and relaxing methods to boost our immune system is getting regular therapeutic massage. In fact, massage can be a good complement to other strategies for staying well: it helps reduce sore muscles and improve joint flexibility after exercise, it helps us sleep more soundly, and it can help flush out toxins so our nutritional uptake is also more efficient.
Regular massage can play an important role in helping keep our immune system running more efficiently. A healthy immune system can help us avoid many viral or bacterial infections and/or shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms of cold or flu should we contact it.
Known Benefits of Regular Massage on the Immune System
Getting massage on a regular basis while we are still healthy has been shown to help us stay that way. If we do manage to get sick, our body will likely be better prepared to fend off the illness more quickly. There is no better time than the present -- as the weather gets cold and damp and the holidays loom ahead -- to take action and make an investment in protecting your health. There are a number of ways regular massage is known to benefit our immune system, including:
- Increasing White Blood Cell Production, our body's main defenders,
- Improving Blood Circulation, which helps speed up our body's immune response to injury or invasion,
- Providing Greater Movement of Lymph in the Lymphatic System, which is the main filter of our immune system,
- Lowering Cortisol Levels, a stress hormone that hinders our immunity,
- Enhancing Relaxation and Sleep, which in turn allows our body to rest and repair itself, and
- Deepening Breathing, which increases the oxygen available to all the cells of our body.
Please give us a call today and let us help you lower your chances of becoming ill this cold and flu season while enjoying all the benefits of regular massage.
Reiki is a vibrational or subtle-energy-based healing modality that helps rebalance the meridians, chakras, and energy field of the body so it can naturally begin to heal itself. Reiki treatments are done on a massage table with the client fully clothed. The therapist / Reiki practitioner uses specific hand positions -- held either above or on the body -- to move life-force energy from the practitioner to the client. Those receiving Reiki treatments generally report that they feel deeply relaxed and often experience a feeling of warmth or tingling in the area being treated, even when the therapist is not touching the body. It can be a nice addition to other therapeutic practices like massage and conventional medical treatments. We offer Reiki / energy treatments at the same cost as massage.
Massage for Migraines & Other Headaches
Are you prone to periodic headaches or migraines? Do allergy-inflamed sinuses keep you stuffed up and headachey all year? Can you predict air-pressure changes better than the barometer on your wall? When headaches come on, massage can be helpful for reducing the severity of head pain, often eliminating it completely. And regular massage can help lower the frequency of many types of headaches by reducing other processes in the body that cause them, such as sinus congestion and muscle tension -- particularly in the shoulders and neck.
Massage for Seasonal & Chronic Allergies
Today, a wide variety of substances - ranging from synthetic materials to plants, family pets, dust and insect detritus, medications, and specific foods - can trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms may be as mild as a runny nose, itchy eyes and ears, coughing, sneezing, earaches, sinus congestion, and headaches, or more debilitating reactions like migraines, asthma, bloating/gas, joint pain, depression, lack of energy, and - in the most severe cases - anaphylactic shock. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that allergies affect more than 50-million Americans, making the condition the 3rd most common chronic disease among children and the 5th among adults.
Fortunately, massage is a complimentary therapy that can help reduce many of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, while also helping strengthen the immune system. This, in turn can reduce the body's inflammatory response to the offending substance, often making symptoms less severe. With regular massage, the immune system can be strengthened and that may make it less reactive to some allergens. Since there may be a link between our overall stress levels and an increase in the frequency and severity of allergic reactions, regular massage also can help keep allergies in check by increasing blood and lymph circulation, lowering heart rate, stabilizing blood sugar, and regulating blood pressure, all of which help your body be more effective at ridding itself of the foreign bodies that trigger allergic reactions.
For those with sinus irritation and congestion or headaches, massage that focuses on the head, neck, and throat can be very effective in reducing or eliminating those symptoms, particularly if it's combined with lymphatic drainage techniques - with or without the addition of aromatherapy oils. Massage also helps those with lung congestion or who've recently had an asthma attack reduce chest tightness and breathe more easily. If you or a loved one suffers from seasonal or chronic allergies, we invite you to talk with one of our therapists today and experience how massage can help reduce many allergy symptoms while helping you lead a healthier and more peaceful life.