Massages are wonderful. They help us relax and unwind from the stress and anxiety life can bring. They give us time to ourselves away from friends and family, and they help us realign our centers of emotional and spiritual balance. Plus, a great massage can help stave off other medical interventions that are not as natural, and that possibly have unfortunate side effects. No one will argue that a massage is a great thing to gift yourself or someone else.
How great would it be if one massage and its benefits lasted a whole year or longer? Well, that is wishful thinking. We know that’s not possible. But how long do the benefits of massages last, and how often should you get a massage to keep the good feelings going?
The short answer is that it depends on several factors. Everyone’s body responds differently to a massage, and everyone’s needs for a massage are different. Add to that the fact that everyone goes back to situations after a massage with various stressors and lifestyles, so it can be hard to know how long the benefits will last.
Generally speaking, you may feel sore for a couple of days after the massage, which is normal. Beyond that, the benefits may last a couple of days to an entire week. There are some things you can do to help the relaxing, stress-relieving benefits last for as long as possible.
Avoid Outside Noise
Right after your massage, you will want to drive nice and slow. Let the aggressive drivers pass you. Also, do not listen to loud music that gets you pumped up and avoid the TV, especially the news. Shut out anything from a media source within your control that may stress you.
Keep it Light
Avoid eating a heavy meal after a massage. Eating a large meal will make your blood pressure rise and make you feel uncomfortable. Rather, try a light snack like carrots dipped in some light ranch dressing.
Avoid caffeinated beverages after a massage as they can make you feel hyper. Instead, drink water to help with soreness the next day and to hydrate. Water will also help flush waste from your system.
You can try these additional hacks to make your massage last longer.
- Wear comfortable, baggy clothes after your massage
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Extend your time to yourself
- Avoid stress
- Continue getting massages on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
No matter why you are getting a massage, they offer one of the most pleasant feelings of elation and release from stress and anxiety. While one cannot predict how long massage benefits will last for an individual, you can do certain things to help extend that relaxed feeling. The main takeaway here is to avoid stress-inducing situations for as long as you possibly can!
To schedule your massage, contact Nirvelli Day Spa today at 919-297-0107.