The main objective of a massage treatment is to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, both mentally and physically. Feeling relaxed and de-stressed after a massage session is what having a massage is all about. However, from time to time, after a season, you might find yourself feeling a bit unusual. Most people usually get a bit concerned, thinking that the massage was unsuccessful, or handled improperly. They think that the session has actually worsened their health, instead of improving it. If you are one of those people, worry not, because of your body’s reaction after a massage, is usually quite different from what we all expect. Feeling funky, or strange, is just your body’s method of adapting to the effects of the session.
An uneasy feeling
The most common feeling you might experience after a session is a soreness. This is quite a normal reaction after a Deep Tissue massage. Although not so common, soreness can also be experienced after gentler kind of treatment. like the Swedish massage. In most cases, soreness does not come immediately after the treatment, but instead a day or two later.
Many view massage as a particular form of exercise, a passive one. If you are someone who doesn’t do physical exercises regularly, doing some of them, from time to time, will always cause your body to feel sore. The same goes with massages as well. If you do not have regular sessions, at regular time intervals, you will always feel sore after doing one. In both cases, your muscles are the ones that feel the effects and react accordingly. Since it is a natural reaction, you should not be worried about it. That feeling usually lasts one day, or two, at most. If you experience soreness for more than two days, then it might be an indication that your therapist might have used too much force.
The source of soreness
The first thing you should know about massage is that it is not an ordinary backrub. It is a delicate procedure, with which your therapist works out the kinks, and helps your body release excess tension improving your blood circulation. Aside from impacting your muscles, a massage can have an impact on other aspects of your organism, that can also cause soreness.
One such aspect is your neurological system. According to the theory of “sensitization”, your body fills the role of an information recipient. A treatment, such as a massage, functions by providing a large input of “information” to your central nervous system. As a result of that increased information input, your body reacts. That reaction usually comes in the form of slight pain, or soreness, and is an indication that your body has received more neurological information than it can handle at one time. You should also know that the amount of sensory input you receive at all times, is always on the move, fluctuating. That is why your organism can sometimes get overloaded, depending on the amount of stress that has accumulated up to that point.
To avoid any major body reactions, keep in mind to always consult with your therapist, before the treatment. You should share with him/her your current state of health and outcome expectations. That way, your therapist will know how to tailor the treatment exactly according to your needs. Also, make sure to drink a lot of water after the treatment, so as to re-hydrate your muscle tissue.