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5 Steps to Maximizing Your Massage Benefits

Jodi Sep 20, 2014

Receiving a great massage that relaxes your mind, relieves tension from your muscles and rejuvenates your soul can have a lasting effect on your mind and body’s well-being. But, to continue getting the most out of your great massage experience well beyond your session, it can be helpful to adopt some of the following post-massage healthy habits.

Tip No. 1: Take Five

After your therapist leaves the room at the end of your massage, take your time getting off the table. Instead of jumping off the table and running back into the busy world, lie on the table quietly, take a few relaxing deep breaths and just enjoy some peaceful stillness for a few minutes.

Tip No. 2: Clear Your Calendar

If you jump back into your busy, hectic schedule following your massage appointment, you’re going to miss out on enjoying the lasting effects of relaxation and rejuvenation from your massage therapy session. Schedule some downtime following your massage where you can rest, relax and enjoy some quality time with yourself. Taking a nap, reading a book or visiting your favorite coffee shop are nice massage follow-up activities.

Tip No. 3: Soak Up the Relaxation

Some of the best homework following a massage to maintain your mind and body’s relaxed state is to take a warm Epsom salt bath. Soaking in Epsom salt water can help to enhance the release of tension and stress from your mind and body, as well as rejuvenate tired and overused muscles.

Tip No. 4: Refuel Your Body

After your muscles have been worked out and relieved of all their tension and stress, it’s important to refuel them with clean healthy food. Get the most out of your massage by feeding your body and muscles with nutrient-rich foods that combine a healthy mix of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, leafy greens and vegetables, and healthy fats.

Tip No 5:  Follow Your Massage Therapist's Recommendation

Your massage benefits will last longer when you engage in the range of motion activities recommended by your therapist, and pursue regular massage based on your unique needs.  Regular massage coupled with regular movement on your part is a powerful combination!

For the best massage experience that’s designed to provide a handcrafted and personalized therapeutic session, turn to Elements Massage to relax and unwind your tired mind and body. Elements’ expert certified massage therapists channel the healing and restorative power of massage as a vital component of helping you achieve overall health and wellness. Visit www.elementsmassage.com today to find the Elements location nearest to you.   

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