What Should You Do (And Not Do) After Your Massage?

Regular massage is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve your physical health. Knowing the steps you should take before and after your massage can help you gain the most benefit from each session. If you have questions about how to maximize your massage experience, talk to your Tucson massage therapist for additional tips and advice.

Do Drink Extra Water

Staying hydrated is good for your general health, but it can be particularly important after a massage. Massage can be a dehydrating experience, even if you aren’t actively sweating. This is because massage improves circulation and causes the tissues to flush out wastes, which are routed to your kidneys for elimination. If your body remains dehydrated after your massage, these benefits aren’t as profound; thus, drinking extra water after your massage is a great way to get the most from your experience.

Don’t Immediately Resume Your Normal Schedule

Massage is a relaxing and soothing experience. This time is the perfect opportunity to refresh your mental and physical batteries, allowing your body and mind time to de-stress from the cares of daily life. Try to schedule your massage for a time when you won’t have to rush immediately back to your daily schedule, allowing yourself a little extra time to relax and refresh before resuming your normal schedule of activities.

Do Schedule Future Massages

While a massage every once in a while is a wonderful way to treat yourself, the true benefits of massage are revealed when you schedule massage therapy sessions at regular intervals. The positive effects of massage therapy are cumulative, meaning the more massages you receive, the greater the benefits you’ll gain. Scheduling future massages before you leave is the best way to ensure you see the results you want from your massage experience.

At Agave Rose Wellness, we can help you unlock the many benefits of massage therapy with Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and more in Tucson. Please visit our website for more information about us, or call (520) 444-6628 to schedule an appointment.

Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy with Prenatal Massage

The female body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, from the obvious physical changes to hormonal and mental changes that occur unseen. Massage therapy offers expectant mothers-to-be relief from a variety of pregnancy symptoms, improving every stage of pregnancy and offering further benefits during and after labor and birth.

Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy, changes in the level of hormones in the body can affect mood, often leading to an increase in feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Hormone changes resulting in increased production of stress hormones will not only affect mood, but can also increase the risk of labor complications and newborn health concerns after birth. Studies have shown that prenatal massage can help the body to better balance hormonal release, reducing the levels of stress hormones while increasing the levels of relaxation-inducing hormones to balance mood and improve birth outcomes.

Fluid Retention and Swelling

Pregnant women often experience fluid retention and swelling of the joints due to changes in circulation and metabolism. Although these effects are not harmful, they are a common cause of discomfort during pregnancy. Massage therapy is ideal for improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, moving fluids through the body to reduce retention and increase circulation, which reduces swelling of the soft tissues surrounding the joints.

Stiffness and Achiness

Carrying a growing fetus can affect many changes on the female body. Stiffness and achiness in joints and muscles are associated with changes in body shape, posture, and weight throughout pregnancy, and often increase in the later stages. Prenatal massage acts to maintain flexibility and relieve sore, achy muscles and joints by improving blood flow and cell oxygenation in these areas, as well as prompting tight muscles to relax and lengthen.

Are you expecting a new family member in Tucson? You can reach Agave Rose Wellness to book a prenatal massage with one of our experienced massage therapists by calling (520) 444-6628, or check out our website to learn more about our massage services and current specials.

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