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Post-Massage Considerations: Fuel, Epsom Salt, Rest

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some initial tips to help maximize the massage experience once the session is over. There are several post-massage actions or concepts that many people find beneficial, whether to reduce pain, increase recovery or some other related need. 

At Body Balance Massage and Float, our wide variety of massage therapy techniques includes several extremely helpful options, from deep tissue massage and Swedish massage to sports massage, warm bamboo massage and more. Here are some additional areas to consider following your massage that may help optimize your results and make you feel even better than you would already.

Snack or Other Bodily Fueling

In many cases, massage therapy will cause the body to work hard. It requires energy to repair and heal the muscles, which can tax the body. You may want to consider having a small snack before or after your massage to help replenish any lost energy.

For instance, a banana or some other form of potassium can help with cramping that may be caused by the massage. Eating a small amount of protein can also give your body the tools it needs to repair any damaged tissue.

Epsom Salt

Another great post-massage tip is to soak in an Epsom salt bath. This will help your muscles relax even more, and it can also relieve any pain or discomfort you may be feeling. This is because Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which is known for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. To further increase the benefits of your Epsom salt bath, consider adding a few drops of lavender essential oil. This will help you relax even more and can also promote better sleep.

If you don't have a bathtub, don't worry – there are other options. You can make a compress using Epsom salt and warm water, and then apply it to the area that is giving you the most trouble.

Avoid Major Workouts

While you might feel energetic and invigorated after your massage, it's important to avoid any major physical activity. This is because your muscles are already in a weakened state, and they need time to recover. Going for a light walk is fine, but anything more strenuous could do more harm than good.

In addition, it's important to stay hydrated following your massage - and working out will only increase your need for water. So make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially if you're going to be active.

Overall, there are many things you can do to make the most of your massage and help your body recover more quickly. For more on this, or to learn about any of our massage or float therapy programs, speak to our staff at Body Balance Massage and Float today.

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