So, you’ve had your massage, you’re feeling good and relaxed – you know, that limber-lightness-in-your-muscles feeling. When your massage therapist spoke to you at the end of your session, you had to gather yourself, you’d become so sleepily serene. So what to do now? You had a massage for a reason, right? Whether it was to de-stress, or ease a tight spot, you want to make sure the benefits last as long as possible. You don’t want to lose that restorative, relaxed feeling, do you? Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your massage session.

Don’t skimp on water – Water. Water. Water. Any kind of body work, especially massage therapy, will always release toxins, such as lactic acid and carbonic acid, that need to be flushed from your body. Massage promotes circulation, increased blood flow and stimulates the lymphatic system, all of which help rid the body of pathogens. Drinking water helps support these functions by eliminating released impurities sooner.

Stretchhhhhh it out – Keeping muscle looseness and joint mobility are hugely dependent on keeping your energy flowing. Even five minutes of stretching significantly promotes the afterglow of massage sessions. Kalil, a shiatsu therapist, says about stretching, “Stretches take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes a day, but really help to keep the chi flowing through the body.”

Another way to preserve energy flow is body awareness. Body awareness is a sure way to maintain a tuned-up, healthy body. Respecting how your body feels is monumental. If your body asks for rest, give in to that demand. This may mean backing off to-do lists, taking it easy, and focus on getting sufficient sleep. Try not to get fatigued as this will undermine the effects of your massage. By getting enough sleep, you allow your body to absorb all the benefits and regain vitality.

Finally: diet. No, we don’t mean I-can-only-eat-salad-and-croutons kind of diet. But think about it – you’ve just rid your body of toxins, what you eat is super important when it comes to your body’s renewed state. Start incorporating a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies, all of which promote and maintain the detoxifying process. Consider laying off the coffee for a few days, it will sustain the calm and relaxation of your massage.

After receiving a massage, our clients feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and refreshed. By opting for a few lifestyle choices, you can extend these benefits and get the most out of your massage. Call My Vida Spa at 305.663.1402 and set up your massage session today.