Massage therapy isn’t just a service that you get when you come in for a massage. The benefits, effects, and sometimes the side-effects last much longer than that hour or hour and a half. Sometimes, I will get people asking me if what they have been feeling is normal. Most of the time, it is.
After a massage, you can feel relaxed, clear headed, rejuvenated, or energized. Sometimes, you just feel the pain you’ve been feeling before you got there. It does not mean that the massage did not benefit you. In the article below, it states many of the benefits of getting massages. I’m here to tell you some of the feelings you may get that aren’t mentioned.
Soreness is very common after a massage, especially if you are receiving a deep tissue massage or a massage to reach a specific goal
like increasing range of motion or decreasing pain. This happens because the therapist is squeezing out built up lactic acid, which is what makes muscles sore in the first place. By releasing this build up, it can easily go back into your blood and dissipate itself through that muscle. Lactic acid is a toxin and can leave you feeling nauseated or even cause vomiting. These are less common, but can happen. With deep tissue massages, your therapist can also bruise you. It is not the goal of the massage, nor the intention of the therapist. But it is important to know that bruising can happen on occasion. I have bruised 4 people in my 3 years, and one of them neglected to inform me that she was an a major pain killer, which is why the bruising happened.
A few things you can do to better your experience:
- Drink water before AND after your massage
- Ice sore muscles (you can do this before and after as well)
- Be present for your treatment–leave your troubles behind
- Try not to drink alcohol after your massage
- Eat wholesome foods
- Take what your therapist suggests to heart
- Take off as much jewelry you can
- Silence your cellphone
- Most importantly: communicate
It is important to communicate with your massage therapist. If you need or want more or less pressure, SPEAK UP! It is YOUR massage experience, not the therapist’s. The therapist has gone to school and knows a good track of what to do to help you the most, but you need to let him or her know if pressure is too much or too little. If you’re too cold, each table at Under Pressure Therapeutics has a table warmer. If you’re too hot, we can take the blanket off. Your therapist wants your experience to be a memorable one, but your therapist is not always a mind reader.