Some things get better when combined with other considered actions, massage is one of these things. Aftercare and in particular for therapeutic deep tissue treatments makes them not only so much more effective but also prevents common pitfalls.
Especially in summer and especially so for the more vigorous, deeper treatments drink more than usual for two days. Tissues have been loosened and stretched - hydrated tissues are far better at eliminating toxins and repairing injuries. PS In winter have hot water either plain or in the form of soups or teas.
This is to ensure that your body has a chance to integrate the changes. Not eating or eating light, easy to digest meals post deep treatments keeps your digestion system resting. Believe it or not digestion is actually a very intensive process for the body. It takes quite a lot of energy, energy best spent in removing toxins and attending to any tissue repair in affected muscles. Fruit, soups and salads are great but keep the portions fairly small.
Cold makes you contract. The colder and the more sudden the change the stronger the effect. You want to avoid contraction as it undoes all the good work we did on the table. This is what you came to me to address so no barefoot and necks in winter.
Start easy, watching where you once had pain and gently approaching that area. If you are planing on doing Yoga, tell your teacher you've just had a treatment and where your pain was or is. It is easy to overstretch at this time so initially do less actual stretching but rather more moving. This encourages tissues to stay loose, to keep blood circulating to do the healing. It speeds up healing process. But, warm up well, and particularly after deep work.
This is an excellent time to be really aware of how you carry your body. How you carry your body as you sit, carry your handbag/briefcase. How you read, drive and how you work on your computer (I have produced a guide on setting up your work or office space to help you - see zen shop). The longer you do an activity, the more unconscious elements of it become. Habits thus formed (posture, tension etc) may easily lead to pain, tightness and injuries. The longer these habits are in play the more chronic your condition becomes. This is a wonderful time to notice what you do, and adopt better ways for long term health.
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