Getting a deep tissue massage can make you feel rejuvenated. However, some people experience feelings of nausea or dizziness after a massage. These side effects are believed to be the result of the release of built-up toxins in your cells and muscle tissue. To alleviate or prevent such side effects, here are steps you can take to get the most out of your massage.
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Ridding Your Body Of Toxins
Drink lots of water. Most massage therapists will advise you to drink a glass of water after your massage. Be sure to sip the water, though. If you drink too much water too fast, it will simply pass through your body without carrying out any of the released toxins. You should also be sure to hydrate properly prior to your massage. This helps to expedite the process. Drinking enough water ensures that your cells function properly. Even when you aren’t having a massage, you should stay properly hydrated. It’s an essential part of healthy living.
Sweat out the toxins. In addition to drinking water, sweating is believed to help rid your body of the toxins released during a massage. You can achieve this in a number of ways. First, simply take a long, hot shower. A less wasteful alternative is to take a hot bath. Soak in the tub for thirty minutes, replenishing with hot water as it cools. Sip water while soaking to prevent dehydration.
Go to a sauna. The concept is the same: to sweat. The difference is that in a sauna you will sweat much more for a longer period of time. Most gyms have saunas, so if that is where you get your massage, stop by the sauna for twenty to thirty minutes afterward. You should walk out feeling refreshed and relaxed.
References and ResourcesNational Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
"Massage Today;" Flushing Out Myths; Keith Eric Grant, Ph.D., NCTMB; Dec. 2002
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