What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is where muscle groups are specifically targeting and manually manipulated by a licensed massage therapist, to give release tension and knots from sore or overworked muscles.
There are all kinds of massage therapies available today. The most popular are sports massage or full body massage where a licensed massage therapist should discuss with you before beginning the session what areas you feel need more attention or may be hurt and need to be avoided. They should also discuss about the amount of pressure they will be applying to make sure you are comfortable.
How can massage help?
There are many incredible benefits to massage therapy. Massages not only help ease and relax tense muscles, but they can also help to reduce stress, and help promote blood flow to areas of the body that need it for extra healing. This can leave you feeling refreshed and better prepared to get back to your daily routine.
Should a massage hurt? Should I be sore after a massage?
Sometimes, a massage may be a bit uncomfortable if you have trouble areas or are recovering from an injury. However, if anytime during the massage you experience discomfort or pain, be sure to alert your massage therapist immediately! You may also feel a bit sore and achy after a good massage session. It depends on what areas were more or less tense before the massage and the general pressure applied to the area by the massage therapist.
What should I do after a massage?
You should definitely plan ahead for a day (or rest of your afternoon/evening) of relaxation and rest after a good massage session. Drink lots of water to help flush out the toxins released from your muscles during the massage, practice some mindfulness meditation, and try some lavender essential oil in a diffuser to help you continue to enjoy that after massage relaxed feeling!