When the massage is over, the therapist will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. If you have fallen asleep, he/she will wake you gently. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself a moment to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.
Most people feel very relaxed after a massage. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes an ice pack, a hot shower, or a soak in the tub will be recommended to help ease this soreness. A bath with Epsom salts can help replenish minerals to your body to aid in further muscular relaxation after a massage. Talk to your massage therapist if you feel more sore than this after a session! He/she may want to adjust the pressure used in future sessions to ensure you are comfortable afterwards.
After your session you should increase your water intake for the remainder of the day. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy, and to flush any waste products removed from the muscles by compression during the massage.