Receiving an AMAZING massage or myotherapy treatment just can’t be beat, but there’s a bunch of things you can do between your appointments to ensure you get the most from your treatments. Not only that, but to also help avoid any side-effects from your treatment.
Below I have listed a few ways for you to get the most from your massage treatments.
Meditation – There is evidence to support the use of meditation for both pain relief and stress management. If you have not used meditation before, or unsure what to do, there are now a bunch of apps you can download help you or you can find meditation music, or guided meditations on YouTube. Insight Timer is a great app that’s free to download to help you get started.
Stay hydrated – Some studies question the benefits of drinking water after a massage, but really, how much water do you really drink? Considering we as humans are 75% water, I know I could always drink a bit more, and you might find it will help flush waste and prevent next-day soreness. Also, at least for those first few hours after a massage, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
Down time – Life is so busy, and there can feel like we have no time to scratch our nose let alone make time to indulge in even more self-care after we’ve just been for a massage. Taking some time at the end of the day to switch off from our devices, take a bath to aid in some relaxation and muscle recovery (this is my favorite, with epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil) or enjoying a cup of herbal tea can help boost the benefits of your massage treatment.
Stretching/ Mobility work – Many of us would benefit from a regular regime of stretching or mobility work. The reasons for this include but are not limited to:
- Increased range of motion for increased strength potential.
- More muscle activation.
- Decreased risk of injury.
- Improved posture.
- Decreased soreness and joint pain.
- More fluid movements.
Working on mobility is important to ensure that our bodies can continue to move how we want them to, to continue to do all the things that make us happy, or that we need to be able to do just to get by day to day. Stretching will also help prolong the effects of your massage treatment.
Invest in regular massage or myotherapy treatments – It’s easy to waste money on unnecessary stuff and things, cut down on some of that spending and budget for a professional massage. Whether it’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly, you wont regret an investment into your health and well-being.