Sue's Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage

Bodywork After Care


Healing Touch Body & Mind Wellness Center
104 Dry Mill Road, Suite 102
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 400-3184

The body contains toxins that come from many sources, including pollution, stress, and metabolic waste. These toxins may get “stirred up” during your session. Be sure to drink plenty of water for several days after your session to get them out of your system.  Each day, drink at least 1/2 an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, plus two glasses.  Without proper water consumption, there is an increased risk of bruising in the body.

Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after a massage. After a massage, alcohol may not be processed properly in the body.  

Avoid caffeine for at least 24 hours after a massage. Caffeine dehydrates the body and can cause an increase in muscle soreness and fatigue.

It is very common to feel muscle soreness after a massage. The soreness should feel similar to the fatigue your muscles feel the day after a hard workout at the gym. For extra sensitive areas, apply ice for a maximum of 20 minutes up to 3 times a day for up to three days. Taking a soaking bath with 2 cups Epsom Salt, 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide and 1/2 cup Baking Soda can help speed up this process. 

After a massage, you may feel flu-like side effects or get a headache. Since the lymphatic system (the body's detoxification system) is stimulated during a massage, many of these toxins move more quickly from the body. Drinking herbal peppermint or ginger tea can help sooth the stomach. Increase the amount of water you are drinking and get some rest. Detox teas and capsules can also help reduce longevity of symptoms.  With regular massage, the side effects are lessened.

Several muscles in your body will continue to release for several days after a session.  Remember, most of your problems didn't get there overnight, so they won't be relieved overnight.  Before your next appointment begins, be sure to give your practitioner feedback about how you felt about your last session. This will help your practitioner work with your needs. 

For several days after you receive bodywork, certain memories or emotions may arise. Just acknowledge them and allow them to flow.  Excessive chills without fever are also a sign of emotional release, even if you are unaware of any persisting emotion. 

It is also common to have insomnia or vivid nightmares or dreams after receiving a massage.  These symptoms will pass quickly as long as you continue following the other instructions in this section.  Know that continued massage can reduce insomnia.

After lymphatic massage, it is important to get extra sleep to allow your body to recover. 

Avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours following your massage to allow your muscles to recover. Weight lifting should be avoided. Light exercise, such as walking and swimming are okay. Gentle stretching is okay.

Allow yourself to relax. Be present in your body and aware of any differences you might feel, including body posturing and your emotional state. Honor where you are at and how you are feeling. Take time for yourself.

It is important to contact your therapist and physician immediately if you feel any unusual sensations or extreme pain in your body.  Always update your massage therapist if there are any changes in your health between massages.

Your massage therapist is not a doctor and does not diagnose or treat illnesses. It is important to always get the advice of your physician regarding medical questions.

Most of all, allow yourself to enjoy the wonderful benefits of massage. Be happy, knowing that you are taking steps to better your health and improve your quality of life!

Maintain a neutral sleeping posture by using pillows to bolster the extremities to keep the spine straight (under knees while lying on back and between knees in side lying position).

Utilization of a proper pillow is also important to keep the cervical vertebrae aligned. 

Breathe slowly through your nose (all way down into tummy), extending the exhale. This will increase oxygen intake and help to relax your muscles. 

Be aware of your posture during the day. In addition to making you look and feel better, it works your abdominal and back muscles and improves your breathing. Look forward, chin parallel to ground, Keep neck long, press shoulders down, draw shoulder blades together, lift chest up, pull navel toward spine, tuck pelvis slightly forward, move hips front and back not side to side, relax knees to avoid locking knee joints and walk by rolling softly from heel to toes.


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