How to maximise the benefits of massage treatment?
- Monday, 27 March 2017
Although neck and shoulder pain is the most common problem we see at Fulham Massage & Wellness, our therapists can also treat the following conditions:
- Back pain and sciatica
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Sporting injuries (& helping to improve sporting performance)
- Adverse symptoms of pregnancy
- Stress, anxiety and depression
With hundreds of treatments a month, we have an extensive experience in treating people - no matter what their goal or aim is. Although most of our clients feel better immediately, there are many after-effects that can be experienced after a thorough massage.
What are the possible after-effects from my treatment?
- Muscular ache and/or headaches as the nerve fibres respond to the deep work undertaken.
- Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions.
- Frequent urination due to stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Changed sleep patterns
- Active bowels, all body systems, including the digestive one, will work better
- Spots may occur as released toxins and hormones may surface through the skin
Everyone may “react” differently to a massage treatment. These symptoms are quite normal and are a good sign that the treatment is working. Please note that you may not experience any after effects and this is also completely normal.
What can I do to maximise the benefits of my treatment?
Your therapist will advise you on the best course of action to take but here are some helpful tips:
- Drink plenty of water to help your body eliminate the toxins that have been dislodged during the massage and replace loss fluids. This helps to prevent headaches, dehydration and fatigue and reduce soreness.
- Try and keep physical activity to a minimum in the 24h following your treatment to allow your muscles to recover from the deep work.
- Gentle stretches in the days following your massage help to build on the progress of your massage, to encourage your muscles to stay supple.
- “It is quite common to feel some soreness after a massage, especially a sports or deep tissue massage.” If you experience any areas of redness, swelling, or heat, apply an ice pack to the area for 15-20 minutes. If you feel sore, stretch gently in a hot shower or take a warm bath. This will assist the healing process.
- Reduce levels of alcohol, caffeine & tobacco after your massage, allowing your body to cleanse.
- Take extra care if driving or operating machinery immediately after your treatment – your reaction times may be slower.
The effectiveness of your first massage may wear off after a few days as the muscles return to their reset position. However after the third or fourth session the muscles learn a new behaviour and you will notice a more permanent improvement.
Remember prevention is better than cure. A regular treatment will help to manage any future tension, pain & stress.
How often should I get a Massage?
Although a single massage will be enjoyable and beneficial, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments in conjunction with stretching and breaking bad habits (prolonged sitting at a desk, lifting incorrectly, etc.) will bring the most benefits.
“After your initial corrective stage, a preventative maintenance massage every 4-6 weeks generally keeps most people in good shape”
Which massage therapist to see?
We respect the uniqueness of each of our therapists and recognise that they do all have slightly different treatment styles. Great communication and trust are key components to a healthy patient/practitioner relationship for healing to occur. If you find you don’t quite match with your first therapist, do feel free to try another member of our team and we’re sure that you’ll soon find the perfect match.