I have noticed lately clients asking, “How can I make this feeling last between appointments? How can stop the muscles from tighten so fast?” I have a few key tips to keep in mind between your massage appointments.
Here are just a few tips to prolong the health-giving benefits of your massage between sessions.
- Drink plenty of water… How can your muscles, ligaments and joints work right and have no aches/pains if they are dehydrated? During massages your circulation is increased and drinking an adequate amount of water will eliminate waste products and toxins which is what can cause fatigue and soreness. Not only is drinking H2O daily great for your health but it can help with youthful skin! Drinking plenty of H2O can help prevent further wrinkles and dry looking skin. Not to mention that stubborn knot you been wanting to get rid of just might need a good massage and plenty of fluids to flush away the stagnation.
- Stretching.. When you combine stretching with regular massages it releases accumulated lactic acid which can release any tension that is being held in your muscles. Stretching between massages can keep joints mobile, maintain the looseness in muscles and tissues, and improve flexibility. It’s also a helpful way to reduce tension in the muscles and help recovery after an injury.
- Massage tools… Foam rollers can release sore muscle and help lengthen muscle tissue. Using a tennis ball can be used for smaller more specific area tight areas. Hand/feet rollers are great for relaxing tried, over-used hands/feet. As we all know, nothing can replace a great massage, these tools can really help in between one.
- Cold/Heat therapy… Cold therapy decreases inflammation and numbs pain. It is best used for acute conditions and for swollen areas. Heat therapy helps soothe and relax the muscles, and increases blood flow to the area. It is great for tight muscles and muscles knots. Another good hot-therapy would be an Epsom salt bath. Soaking in the bath for at least 20 mins will give the benefits of heat therapy, detoxifying, relaxing, eases muscle and joint pain, and reduces inflammation.
- Best Tip… Regular massages have been proven to help with circulation, muscle and joint pain, stress, depression, overall healthier and happier life. When we put things on the calendar we are more likely to keep the commitment and follow through with taking care of your health. We only get one body…we need to take care of it!