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  • Jana Wheeler

Massage Aftercare - Looking After Yourself Between Massages

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all have a massage twice a week? The world would be a better place. Sadly, most of us don’t have the time or the money to indulge in quite such a regular massage routine, but we can make the most of massage treatments by taking care of ourselves in between massages. Adding just a couple of techniques to your day can make a big difference.

First Rule – Drink the Water!

There’s a reason why your therapist offers you a refreshing glass of cool water after a treatment:

  • Hydrates your body: Keeps your muscles relaxed.

  • Great for your skin and muscles: Staying hydrated can even help to prevent headaches.

  • Prevents dehydration-related soreness: Dehydration can cause or increase soreness.

Keep Up the Stretching

Feeling achy and tight after a day at work? Stretch!

  • Habitual stretching: Include it in your daily routine to alleviate muscle aches and soreness.

  • Supports massage benefits: Helps maintain the relaxation achieved during your session.

  • Stretching tips:

  • Should never hurt – avoid overdoing it.

  • 20 second stretching sessions absolutely count!!!

  • Effective when you feel it – even a small movement can be beneficial.

  • Easing in gently: Hold stretches for at least a minute for better results.

  • Ask your therapist: For specific stretches tailored to your needs.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salt baths can keep muscle aches and stiff joints at bay.

  • Magnesium content: Good for relieving stress.

  • Usage: Add Epsom salts to your bath as directed and relax to prevent soreness after a massage.


Several techniques can be done at home. Remember:

  • Avoid pain and discomfort: Stay away from delicate areas like the spine.

  • Guidance: Ask your massage therapist if unsure about techniques.

Self-Massage Tips:

Feeling Hot and Cold

Manage tension and injuries between massages with heat and cold therapy.

Heat Therapy:

  • Apply heat: Soothes aching muscles and relieves tension.

  • Improves blood flow: Use a heat pad or a heated damp towel (microwave in 30-second intervals).

Cold Therapy:

  • For injuries: Good for strains, sprains, and minor injuries.

  • Cold pack tips:

  • Wrap in a towel to avoid cold burns.

  • Use a frozen bottle wrapped in a thick sock for sore feet.

  • Alternate hot and cold therapy with a break in between (5-10 minutes each with a 15-minute break).

Regular Massage Sessions

Make massages a part of your regular self-care routine.

  • Prevent serious pain: Easier to prevent than to treat overwhelming pain.

  • Consult your therapist: They will tailor the frequency and type of massage to your needs.

You'll get more out of your session with some aftercare...


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