Massages are beneficial in so many ways. They can be therapeutic for the body and mind. You can get relaxation massages, just to give yourself a treat or massage treatments more to target specific pain or ailments.
In therapeutic massage you are working on the connective tissue in the body through myofascial release. Connective tissue is the "interweb" in the body that supports, connect and also separates the different tissues and organs in the body.
I spoke with Chelsey Oryniak from Pure Wellness Studio about getting massages and a few questions many people have.
How often should I get a massage?
Every client will need something different. If working through an injury, more treatments may be needed but an overall suggestion for maintenance is once a month.
Why am I told to drink water afterwards?
Massages increase circulation and your kidneys have to work harder to flush the toxins out of the body. We need to drink extra water to prevent dehydration.
How much water should I drink?
Increase you daily intake. There is no specific amount and it widely based off individuals water consumption habits. If you drink 1 glass of water a day, adding another glass or two. If you drink 8 glasses, maybe add 2-4 glasses.
Can I exercise before or after my massage?
Before is best. Once you exercise you are starting to tighten the muscles once more undoing the wok done from the massage. It's recommended to wait 24 hours before exercising, unless getting a sports massage.
What is a sports massage?
Sports massage is a more invigorating type massage, used to promote stimulation of the muscle.
I've heard and seen about cupping. What is that?
Cupping is used to promote circulation, break up scar tissue and work in the fascia of the body.
I recently myself had sliding cupping done and the difference it made in the mobility in my bad shoulder was amazing after just one treatment!
Many benefit plans cover massages up to $500 per year. Make sure you check into your own plan!
That said if they are not covered or currently do not have benefits, no fret, you can still do some massage at home. Here are some tips for home massage:
- Use an oil, preferably something like coconut oil if you can. I find coconut oil doesn't feel greasy afterwards, absorbs into the skin quickly and has a cooling effect on sore muscles.
- Maybe have a relaxing bath before hand. Check out my Self Care Sunday A simple Bath post for some tips.
- Spend some time massaging the feet especially and working up the legs.
- Ask your partner or spouse for help with the spots you cant reach! Return the favour and everyone is happy!
Tell me some of your favorite self massage tips!
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife