Taking Proper Care of Yourself Before and After a Massage

A full body, deep tissue massage that only a licensed technician can provide..what's not to love? Massage therapy does more than just relax your body and mind; it rejuvenates the spirit and is an essential piece of one’s overall well being. Preparing for your massage is part of the process -- scheduling the session at least a week in advance lets you have something special to look forward to. Taking proper care of yourself before and after massages can help the effect last longer than the hour or so on the massage table.

Your Muscles Need Lovin'! 

Muscles need hydration and oxygen. Within the few days before a massage, drink plenty of water to keep your body well-hydrated; this will deter muscles from cramping. Keep in mind: when you are on the massage table, be conscious of your breathing. During a massage, it is very easy to become so relaxed that your breaths are shallow. If you have to think of anything during that moment of bliss, think of taking a deep breath every now and then!

Before Your Appointment

Before heading off to your appointment, stretch your legs and arms so that their muscles become flexible and agile. Muscle cramps can occur at just about any time but injuries, strain, immobility and dehydration can add to the problem. Stretching your legs, torso, arms and back muscles before and after an appointment can help keep them from cramping up, especially following the euphoria of a deep tissue massage.

When You're Home

When you arrive home after the session, and after stretching again while drinking more water, enjoy a warm bath; it can help keep those kneaded muscles from getting stiff. Overly-hot water is not recommended because it will relax the (poked and prodded) muscles again, which may become stiff as soon as you exit the bathtub.

If you want a snack after your massage, eat a banana. Bananas are a high source of potassium -- a nutrient needed for healthy muscles. (oh, and by the way, for those “Charley Horse” leg cramps between massages … eat a banana!) Other foods that are good sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, fish, milk, chicken, carrots and green vegetables.

Massages are a great way to de-stress and preparing for them is important. Schedule a massage appointment at LaVida Massage of Staten Island today and get started! 

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