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Maximize your treatment results

After you receive a therapeutic massage, there are many way to get the most from your treatment and extend all the great benefits massage can offer. Most often, your Registered Massage Therapist will recommend home care suggestions – if not, you should certainly ask.

One easy way to help your body perform its best following a treatment can be summed up with just one word: water. Staying hydrated after a treatment is extremely important, as your body loses a lot of water during a massage. Maintaining optimal hydration levels after your treatment will help detoxify and flush tissues.

Once hydrated, a little hydrotherapy is the next best step – using heat and cold according to your specific needs. Ice packs, heating pads, epsom salts bath, hot and cold foot soaks, hot tubs and steam saunas are all great home care tools to enhance tissue healing when used appropriately. Ask your therapist to suggest hydrotherapy options that are appropriate for you. Next comes the part that most of us overlook or under-perform: stretching. Stretching is very important post-treatment; after your muscles have been released from tension, stretching helps re-lengthen them, increase your range of motion and create a more balanced resting position for your muscles.

Your Registerred Massage Therapist may also suggest foam rolling, which can help reduce muscle adhesions after and in between treatments. Foam rollers are great for larger areas and muscles groups; for smaller muscles a tennis ball can be used. After your next treatment, don’t forget to ask your therapist how to get the most from your massage with a few home care suggestions. This care is often neglected but accounts for a large part of your treatment success over the long term.

Ingrid Waterman is a Registered Massage Therapist and the founder of i Day Spa in Courtenay. Visit www.idayspa.ca.

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