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Therapeutic Massage Q & A

John L. Pantera Aug 16, 2012

Therapeutic Massage provides relief to people of all ages—from infants to seniors—and from all walks of life—from the weekend warrior or competitive athlete to the home gardener or overstressed, overworked executive.

Q: Why am I so lethargic after a full-length professional massage, rather than rejuvenated?

  1. There are several reasons you may feel lethargic after a massage including:  release of toxins in your body that need to be flushed out, having a latent virus in your system that can be activated by the massage, or the quiet setting (think of the contrast from our over-stimulating society to a massage room), and massage will lower your blood pressure and heart rate, which adds to the lethargic feeling.  If you want to feel more energized or rejuvenated after a massage you can ask your therapist for some "tapotement" (light alternating percussion strokes) at the end of the massage and/or a faster speed of massage stroke.  It will also help if you are well rested and hydrated prior to your massage.

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