Tips for Relieving Post Massage Soreness

Our team has a regular habit of calling every client after they come in for bodywork, massages, facials, or other treatments.  We always want to check in and see how they are feeling.

One common complaint is being sore after a great massage!

A good massage can increase the blood and lymph flow to your muscles allowing access to nutrients, all while releasing toxins. That soreness you’re feeling is sometimes referred to as the “inflammatory healing mechanism.”  When your body goes through this, it can sometimes feel like you just worked out.  This is totally normal and easy to fix. myofascial release

There’s nothing to be frantic about because, after a day or two, the inflammation and discomfort will wear off. To alleviate the post-massage soreness more quickly, you should drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and eat a snack as soon as the massage ends.

Our Registered Nurses and licensed professionals have compiled this list of the best tips for dealing with discomfort.

1. Hydrate

Humans are 70-85% water.  Water moves nutrition into cells and waste products out.  If we don’t have enough water it is like trying to run an engine without changing the oil.  The body functions have to struggle thru sludge!

post massage tips

  • Start each day first thing, before eating food, with 16-32 ounces of water with a slice of fresh lemon/lime squeezed and dropped into the water.

  • This can be warm or cold water.

  • Take vitamins and medications at this time.  Drink it all at once.

  • This practice heals the gut and kidneys, back washes stomach, and intestines.  It rehydrates the body and brain, organs, and all cells quickly.

  • This kickstarts daily water drinking and facilitates early bowel movements.  No need for stool softeners, bowel remedies, or colonics!

  • Add 4 ounces more for every 8 ounces of caffeinated or alcoholic fluids.

  • Add more water for excessive sweating, exercise in heat/sun, or eat sugar or processed food.

  • 65-100 ounces per day for most people between 130 and 200 pounds.

2. Soak in a warm bath with Epsom Salt.

Soaking in a warm bath will help loosen stiff joints and relax your muscles.

To use, run warm bath water — not hot, but comfortable to the touch.  Add the Epsom salts while the water is running to help them dissolve.

For a standard-sized tub, use the amount suggested on the package, usually 1 to 2 cups, or the amount recommended by your doctor.

Keep the part of your body that hurts in the water for at least 12 minutes. Just relax.

3. Try Relief Herbs

Our favorite is M’lis Relief Herbs.  Grade A body-boosting herbs keep your joints moving and grooving without any aches and pains.

relief herbs

This blend assists in body healing through a combination of herbs that help rebuild and strengthen body tissue, increase joint lubrication and reduce inflammation around the joints. A natural treatment for arthritis, stiffness, swollen joints, and muscular aches and pains.

  • Increased joint lubrication

  • Reduce inflammation around the joints

  • Assists body healing by cleansing accumulated toxins and wastes, strengthening all vital organs, helping glands to revitalize themselves, re-establishing chemical balance in the tissues, and rebuilding and strengthening the general health of the body

Directions: 2-3 capsules three times daily

Ingredients: Vitamin C, Alfalfa, Yucca, Devils Claw Herb, Burdock Root, Prickly Ash Bark, Licorice Root, Trace Mineral Blend, Sarsaparilla Root


4. Move Your Body

We know you might not feel like stretching or working out right after a massage but movement will be enough to relieve your body from soreness. It will release tension from the muscles, and increase your blood circulation.

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