Self Care Between Massage Appointments
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a massage every day? Most of us don’t have the time or the money to keep quite such a regular routine, but we can make the most out of our massage treatments by taking care of ourselves in between appointments.
There’s a reason why massage therapists provide water before or after a treatment; it’s to help hydrate your body and keep your muscles relaxed. Staying hydrated is critical for all functions of the body. Just as an example, water is great for your skin and muscle tone, and can even help to prevent some headaches.
If you feel achy and tight at the end of your workday, stretch out your body. A daily habit of stretching will really help with muscle aches and soreness, and will make the effects of your massage last longer.
Sticking to a good stretching routine helps support the work that’s been done in my office to relax your muscles on the treatment table. It doesn’t matter when you fit your stretches in, as long as you make a habit of it. Stretches shouldn’t ever hurt, so don’t overdo it. Ease into stretches gently, and work up to holding them 30 seconds each.
Epsom salt baths are awesome for keeping muscle aches and pains at bay. The salts contain magnesium which is great for relieving physical and non-physical stress. To prevent soreness after a workout or other strenuous activity - or just to relax at the end of the day - add a few cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath, step in, and enjoy.
Hot and Cold Therapy
In between massages, it's normal to feel tension creeping back in. Nip it in the bud with heat therapy. Heat can help soothe aching muscles and relieve the building tension. Use a heating pad, or heat up a damp towel in the microwave using 30-second intervals, checking the temperature as you go. I like to use a damp, warm cloth, and then apply a heating pad or rice warmer pack on top of it, to allow the moist heat to penetrate.
Cold therapy is good for strains, sprains, swelling, and other minor injuries. (If you’re in serious pain, please contact your healthcare provider). For general pain and/or swelling, take a cold pack out of the freezer, wrap it in a towel to avoid cold burns, and apply it to the needed area. If you have sore feet, try rolling a frozen water bottle under your foot.
One last and important tip - make relaxation massage part of your regular self-care strategy. I recommend coming to see me once a month, and I offer affordable membership options to support you in that routine. Check out my website for more membership info today!