What to Expect
People who have received therapeutic massage for the first time frequently report slight soreness in muscle groups following the session. Muscles that have been in spasm or have maintained a very tight muscle tone or "armor" over a long period of time, may resist relaxation at first . Therapeutic massage can actually "interrupt" the holding pattern. This change in the tone of the muscle resulting from physical manipulation, can feel awkward. Sometimes a muscle group is so tight that sensation is minimized. After therapeutic massage the sensation is sometimes recovered and alerts us to the once hidden sensation in that area. Sensation of heat or "vibration" can sometimes be felt in the muscles as you experience the contrast between tightness and relaxation.
Many people report pleasant sensations accompanied by a comfortable at ease attitude after therapeutic massage. Some report that they have access to more energy. Several sessions, when scheduled more closely together, can reduce the overall "body armor" more completely. Massage assists in draining off the stress far below the pain threshold.
Some people report a flu-like feeling or ache all over after therapeutic massage. This is due to the movement of the toxins which have been lying dormant within the lymphatic system and muscles. Toxins are pushed off into the lymphatic fluid, which has the consistency of aloe plant gel, and flushed out of our bodies. massage offers the body an opportunity to move these unwanted by-products.
Feelings of sleep or deep relaxation are common. It can be helpful to listen to these body signals, rest, and move slowly. Emotions can surface during or after therapeutic massage. Muscle tension is one of the bodies creative ways of protecting us from our own feelings as well as others' attitudes and feelings. Be gentle with yourself.
Soaking in a hot bath with two or more cups of Epsom salts can ease the achy muscles brought to awareness by therapeutic massage. It is best to soak the day of the massage. If you do not enjoy soaking in the bathtub, soak a towel in Epsom salts water, heat in microwave and drape over the sore area. Drink plenty of water!
A fifteen minute complimentary massage is available the day after the initial therapeutic massage. This easy Swedish session can help in the elimination of toxins, and can ease soreness if it is present.
Please call with any questions you may have.
Leigh Broschat, M.S., LMT, NCMT, NMT
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