Sore After Massage?
When you think of a massage, I bet you think of relaxation, soft touch, and cucumbers on your eyes. Right? While this can be true in some places, it
isn’t with us. Many of our clients experience sore muscles in the day(s) following their massage? Which leads to the question, who would sign up to be sore after massage?
Working Out Muscles
Think of how you feel after you work out at the gym. Are you sore the next day? Why is that? Working out stimulates your muscles to change, to become leaner and stronger.
It is the same with therapeutic massage. This type of massage stimulates changes in your muscles. It forces out the waste that builds in your body. It trains your muscles to move back to the areas they belong, and to loosen so they can function as they are designed to. Most of the soreness comes when the deeper muscles are worked. When the surface muscles have been worked, the therapists can move down to muscles lying under the surface. These muscles may not be used to touch, let alone deep massage.
Is it worth it?
Yes! Often we don’t realize how our bodies COULD be working. We don’t register the pain we feel, or appreciate the joy we could feel when it is not there any more. So while I can understand being hesitant to schedule a massage, when you know you are going to feel it tomorrow…I also know that the pain means by body is healing. It is GOOD PAIN! It is important to drink lots of water immediately following a massage, and continue to do so for the next day or two. This will rehydrate your muslces and ease the effects. Take it easy after your massage. Go home, relax and just allow your body to find its balance naturally. Like exercise, make therapeutic massage a habit in your life. And if you wake up the next morning a little sore, it’s probably because you had a really good massage.