Before and After
What do I do before and after a Shiatsu or Massage:?
What do I need to bring to a massage or bodywork session?:
You don't need to worry about bringing anything if you are coming for a Relaxing, Swedish or Stone Massage. You will be lying on a table, covered by sheets. For shiatsu wear comfortable loose clothing and clean socks.
How can I get the most out of each session?:
Let me know if you are experiencing changes or discomfort or pain. You have control over what happens to your body at all times. This is not something I do to you, it is something that you do for yourself. You can also provide feedback when they are doing something you like. You also may not want to schedule anything after your session and enjoy the feeling as long as possible.
What should I do after the session?:
Take it easy - I often suggest that a session may be followed with a bath in epsom salt, baking soda, and sea salt ( about 1/4 cup of each) or a bath in apple cider vinegar ( approx. 1 pint). This will assist the body in removing toxins and any physical soreness that resides after the session. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water not only after your session but as a daily habit (enough to make your urine clear) as this also will help to clean your system. I do recomend that you drink a good amount of water as you may feel the next day, like a cold is coming on or very fatigued. This just means that your body is still cleaning itself out.
How will I feel after a session?:
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
What should I do if I don't feel good later in the day or the next day after a session?:
Continue to follow up after the session with drinking a lot of water- more than you think.
What if I feel sore after a session?:
This is common, especially if there is an injury or chronic pain site. As the tightness is broken up, the muscles may feel a little bruised or tender to the touch. You can apply an ice pack to anything that feels sore to reduce the sensation.
What if I have bruises after a session?:
This is also common and is a reflection of the state of your muscles and tissue. It indicates that there is stagnation and weakness in the blood vessels in the area. Severe bruising may also indicate a nutritional deficiency or other problem. It is suggested that you take more Bioflavonoid to remedy this - check to see what the recommended daily dosage is. You can take straight bioflavonoid or combine them with other things that are high in bioflavonoid like bilberry, quercitin, blue green algae. You may also want to try taking digestive enzymes regularly to rebuild your digestion. Consult your naturopathic doctor or doctor for best results or if the problem persists
Why do some areas feel more tender than others?:
The tenderness is a result of tightness in the tissue or blocked energy. It usually means that the muscle is not getting enough blood going through it to clean the area of toxins.
The pain levels should be reduced as you receive more massages and relax the tightness in the area.