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.
- 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
- Avoid alcohol or any other stimulants for at least
12 hours after the treatment. These will dehydrate you.
after the treatment. Allow your body to heal and settle.
eat a light meal following treatment.
- If instructed following
the massage session:
- Gentle stretching
- Hot/cold treatment
shower or bath
- Epsom Salt bath