So, you are leaving your office and heading to a massage parlour to get a massage that will sanguinely enliven you!
It sure is a great idea but in order to get the best results out of your massage, there are a certain ‘must do’ things you need to take care of before and after massage.
Things to Do Before a Massage
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Water can only affect your body in a good way. It hydrates your body and helps flush out the toxins piled up in your body. In the event you do not drink enough water, the toxins in your body will leave your system sore and sick. Even doctors recommend that one should drink 8 to 12 oz of water every day.
2. Avoid Smoking
In case you are a smoker, make sure that you don’t smoke an hour prior to the massage session. Massaging helps your immune system release toxins through your skin. However, if this process happens soon after you lit your last cigarette, you won’t really like the resulting odour. And the fact that the odour is coming from your pores, it is going to stay with you long after the session has ended.
3. Listen to the Therapist
If you are new to the world of spas and massages, it would be advisable that you listen carefully to each and every instruction that the massage therapist has to dole out to you.
Things to Do After a Massage
Alright, you had an awesome massage but you can’t just dress up, pack your bags and go. Any therapist would recommend you to do a few things before you leave the parlour.
1. Steam Bath
Well, that’s the hottest thing you can do to your body, literally. A steam bath relaxes the muscles and leads to sweating, which helps in detoxifying the skin. Massage may already have been very relaxing, but a steam bath would be an icing on the cake.
Leaving the massage parlour without a good shower will be like missing out on the dessert post the main course. Apart from rejuvenating your senses, it also makes sure that all the oil is washed out from the skin so that it does not seep in.
3. Just Don’t Sleep
The massage sessions would be so relaxing that the first thing you would like to do is to hop into your bed and enjoy a sweet nap - which happens to be the WORST thing you could do to yourself. Resist this temptation at any cost, if you wish to get the best results out of your massage. Post massage, you need to be active and it’s not for nothing that your massage parlour have facilities for weight training and yoga. Working out after a massage will help you get in a better shape and leave you energized for the rest of the day.
With the ever-growing stress in your life, there are few better ways than a massage to bust that stress. Don’t cringe if you have to spend some extra bucks, for an hour of soothing massage is worth every penny.