Wouldn't it be wonderful to feel as good as you do after a massage, ALL THE TIME? How can you keep the benefits of massage going once you leave the table? Get in the habit of these simple self care activities to keep the body feeling as good as possible. Here are some tips on how to keep your massage going at home:
- Epsom Salt Bath
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great way to keep the massage going at home. According to Web MD, "Just soaking in warm water can help to relax muscles and loosen stiff joints." Epsom salts can be found in grocery stores, typically in the pharmacy department. Follow directions on packaging for proportions of salt to water. Soak in bath for around 12 minutes.
- Roll on a Tennis Ball
It's been a week or two since your last massage, and that knot in your back is coming back. What do you do? Roll on a tennis ball! Use the tennis ball to help you work out some of those knots, until the next time you can get in for a session.
- Spoonk Mat
A Spoonk Mat is a great way to get the fascia, or connective tissue to release from the muscle. It is a great way to keep your body feeling great after a massage. The way it works, is that the point on the mat press into acupressure point. Allowing the connective tissue to release. Just lay on the mat for 10-20 minutes to feel the release.
- Develop a Routine To Stretch Everyday
At the end of your session, your Massage Therapist may recommend you do some stretching to keep your massage going. They may give you a recommendation card with the muscles that hold a lot of tension. Look up some stretches for your tight areas, do them and most importantly breathe through them! Try not to overstretch, find just enough sensation to get the muscle to relax. Find some time everyday to do some stretches to help keep your massage going.
- Stay Hydrated
To keep your muscles from tensing up quickly after your massage, STAY HYDRATED. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling good long after your massage. It can help enhance the benefits of your last massage, and for your next massage. Keep drinking enough fluids throughout your day.
Use ice packs for acute injuries. If an injury has occurred, within 48 hours, ice the injured area. Icing will help reduce the inflammation. Use heat for chronic conditions. Do not use heat after activities. Heat will help to relieve tension by drawing blood to the area.
Craft your own self care routine with these tips, to keep you feeling great all month long. Don't forget to schedule your monthly massage appointment, and surprise your therapist with how great you are feel!