After Care Advice
Effective massage treatments stimulate the nervous system, blood circulation and the lymphatic flow. A massage therapist also works with Qi (or, Ki), the vital life force energy.
There are many anatomical, physiological and pathological aspects involved in massage therapy, so it is not surprising that a whole range of effects are common. If you are worried about anything you experience following a treatment, do not hesitate to contact me.
After receiving a treatment it is normal to experience certain physiological and/or emotional side-effects. These can range from feeling euphoric and invigorated, to feeling sleepy or light-headed with increased urination, defecation or flatulence. Some people report feeling "coldy", "headachy" or more thirsty, following a treatment. Some people also experience a surge or sudden release of emotion. All of these reactions are completely normal and are part of your body's healing process. However, there are various steps one can take to alleviate any such symptoms and with regular massage, like with regular exercise, your body will acclimatise and respond better with each treatment.
Here are five golden tips for a Well Being:
1) Drink plenty of water. Stay well hydrated. I cannot promote the benefits of drinking water, enough. In any case it is beneficial to consume at least 1L-2L of water per day, yet it is all too easy to forget or to desire nutritionally redundant liquids instead. Drinking plenty of water will assist the delivery of nutrients throughout your circulatory system and massively aids the lymphatic flow in flushing out waste and toxins.
2) Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol or drugs for as long as possible following a treatment. Ideally for the next 24 to 48 hours, you will avoid stimulants and toxins, in favour of water or herbal tea.
3) Avoid any other full body treatments or strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours following your treatment.
4) Rest well. Take it easy. Be good to yourself. Be a Well Being.
You are an incredible being and an essential part of this whole existence. Your body, mind and spirit deserve the treatment that you have undertaken, so try not to undermine its many benefits. Allow yourself the time and space to fully absorb and feel the healing effects of your treatment. Try to avoid any stresses on the body or mind. Relax. Avoid stressful surroundings, negativity or toxicity - in favour of nourishment, tranquility, positivity and peace. Have a warm bath (or a cool shower - if you feel tender after a Deep Tissue Massage) and try to get at least 8 hours sleep.
5) Maintain your balance, overall health and wellbeing.
Regular exercise, a healthy and balanced diet, consistent hydration, yoga, meditation, talking therapies, creative practices and appreciation, connection with the self, connection with nature and regular massage treatments can be life-changing gifts in discovering and honouring your optimum self and truly connecting with the source of your existence.
Any questions or concerns before or after a treatment - please feel free to contact me.