Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to help the body re-educate itself to the changes that have been encouraged upon it through the treatment.
The body is highly composed of water, ranging from 50-70%, depending on the source. Naturally, hydration is important to our health at all times, not just after a massage.
No hard exercise or training
Especially if you have had fascia work, mobilizations or manipulations performed. The stability of the area has been altered (in a good way) and performing heavy exercise can be detrimental to the re-education process.
Epsom salt bath
Taking a hot bath with epsom salts has been shown to be beneficial for pain management. Epsom salts have been shown to be absorbed through the skin and help reduce muscle aches. The heat of the water helps further by increasing blood flow by opening blood vessels. Please bear in mind that during acute pain, this may not be a good solution and ice packs would be a better choice. You could try a cold bath or shower instead of ice packs, but nobody ever seems to want to try that. I wonder why…
Do your stretches or exercises
There is a reason you were told to do them. It’s because they are good for you. Whether it is to reduce tension to an area, stimulate weak links, or re-educate the body, it is important that your do your exercises. But keep the intensity down, as heavy exercise can be counter-productive.
Use some moist heat if advised by the therapist. This can help with chronic aches and reduce fascia tension, helping the body re-educate itself.
Ice or cool
Use cold or cool compresses on sore areas. The use of ice is beneficial in the reduction of pain and inflammation. If you are told to ice, be sure to ice. Ignoring the advice of your therapist can result in pain to the area.
I hope this quick list of helpful hints will help everyone in their post-massage recovery. It is, after all, about you and your health.