Most people see bodywork as a relaxing indulgence that is only meant for pampering, but modern medicine has recognized it for its health benefits. Practice these self-care tips regularly in between of your massage sessions and you will get a tremendously increase of these benefits.
Time to relax
Child duties, home chores and busy work schedule increase stress and tension. Arrange your schedule and squeeze in at least 15 to 30 minutes of peaceful relaxation every day. During the weekend do something that you really enjoy. However, learn making time for yourself and shifting your attention from worries to relaxation!
Drink lots of water
During massage fluid is squeezed from your muscles, so it is important to drink lots of water immediately after the session to rehydrate your tissues and help eliminate waste products and toxins from your body. Also keep in mind that we lose an average of 2 quarts of water a day through perspiration, breathing and urination. If you don’t replace all that liquid and ignore your body’s desire, you’ll become dehydrated. Avoid lots of caffeinated drinks as it can contribute to dehydration.
It is important to take stretch breaks once in a while every single day to prevent pain from building. This is especially important if you are receiving massage for pain and discomfort. Having a desk job is not an excuse for not stretching since you can do some exercises while sitting down, gently stretching tense areas in your back, neck and limbs. Also don’t forget to stretch the areas that were worked on, this helps promoting blood flow, reducing stiffness and increasing flexibility.
When you can’t have a massage therapist, you can still enjoy some of the benefits of this age-old healing practice through your own hands. Self-massage can be done in the afternoon to boost your energy or before you go to bed for relaxation and getting a good night’s sleep.
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