Massage Aftercare

Some basic advice for after your massage

Massage is a non-invasive procedure that feels great and can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. During massage, waste product trapped within over-contracted muscles can be released. The body will usually process this over the next 24-48 hours, which may result in some of the mild physical symptoms mentioned below. If so, this may be a sign that the massage was effective, so best practice is to treat yourself gently during that period. If any symptoms, including those not mentioned on this basic list, increase and/or are present for over 48hrs consult your physician just to make sure everything is OK.

To ensure that you get the most out of your massage, for the next 24hrs:

  • relax, take it easy and keep warm
  • sip water to keep hydrated (about 0.5-1 litre to help the body’s flushing out process)
  • reduce caffeine intake and avoid alcohol
  • cut down on smoking, if you’re a smoker

Massage encourages the body to ‘self-heal’ and you may experience some of these mild but temporary reactions for 24-48hrs

  • Increased bowel or bladder activity
  • Runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild headache
  • Increased perspiration
  • Altered sleeping pattern

Remember that regular massage can help:

  • counteract long periods of sitting
  • ease muscle pain
  • soothe stress, anxiety and depression
  • improve sleep
  • improve digestion
  • boost immunity
  • relieve tension headaches

Before you have a massage, please read our Massage Info, as this information is an important consideration that may help you to best prepare for and enjoy your Kneader massage.  Kneads Must hopes that you enjoy your Kneader Massage!