After Care Advice Following Massage Therapy
It is advised to do the following for 12 – 24 hours after treatment.
- Relax and avoid any strenuous activity – this will give the body time to heal and cleanse
- Increase water intake and herbal teas, this will keep the body hydrated and flush out any toxins released by the treatment
- Avoid heat (saunas, steam, ultraviolet light exposure, hot baths and showers)
- Avoid alcohol – this will put toxins back in the body
- Keep meals light and avoid spicy food following treatment as they can cause discomfort
- Drive with extra care – open windows slightly to stay alert
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine in coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks
Leave oils on the skin and hair to allow them to penetrate. If blended oils have been used the essences need time to change chemically for a long lasting effect, oils on the hair will leave it glossy and hydrated.
General lifestyle advice to prolong benefits of massage:
- Try and make time to take regular exercise
- Practice deep breathing exercises to help you relax
- Yoga and meditation are beneficial for promoting relaxation and improving postural awareness
- Be aware of your posture
- Refrain from smoking
- Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night
Take time to relax – take up a hobby or simply have a hot bath and let the mental tensions wash away.
General dietary advice to aid the benefits of massage:
- Daily water intake should be 2 liters sipped throughout the day
- Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body
- Eat a more balanced diet
- Avoid fast food
- Add more fruit and vegetables to your everyday diet
It is advised to receive massage once a week for 4-6 weeks to initiate the healing process then once a month to maintain the benefits although this will vary from client to client.