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Possible "After Effects" and "After Treatment"

If you have never received a massage before or if it has been more than a month since your last massage, you could experience "after effects" of the massage. These "after effects" are perfectly normal and should only last 12-18 hours.

You might call this a healing crisis. The healing crises is the result of massage making all body systems function more efficiently, speeding up waste removal and the elimination of toxins. Massage can also help rid an individual of negative deep-held emotions.

With regular treatments and as the body starts to heal and rebalance, these symptoms will subside.

Some of the typical contra-actions or "after effects" could include the following:



  • Tiredness due to release of toxins encouraged by the treatment and the initiation of healing energies which require the body to rest.
  • Active bowels. All body systems will work better, including digestive.
  • Changed sleep patterns. (Probably deeper, less restless sleep)
  • Frequent urination due to the stimulation of the lymphatic system.
  • Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions.
  • Muscular ache and/or headache due to the nerve fibers responding to the deep work that has taken place.

After Care

  • Drink plenty of water. Drink at least 64 ounces of water immediately following massage. Of course, it is a good idea to drink 64 ounces of water every day to help maximize the elimination of toxins.
  • Avoid alcohol or any other stimulants for at least 12 hours after the treatment. These will dehydrate you.
  • Rest after the treatment. Allow your body to heal and settle.
  • Only eat a light meal following treatment.
  • If instructed following the massage session:
    • Gentle stretching
    • Hot/cold treatment
    • Hot shower or bath

Body Mechanix, Therapeutic Massage, 114 E. Kentucky St (SR 39), Clayton, IN 46118, 317-539-4652. Owner - Melody Herrin

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