You have just given your body a well deserved treatment. If you haven't had a massage in a while or are having a tough time, you may experience some of the below reactions, it's important to just go with them. Stress is a big factors in most peoples lives. Although we tend to accept it as normal, it is a big player with physical changes in the body.
What is Trauma?
I wanted to write something on trauma, because I think it can sometimes be mis-understood. For me there are many layers and types of trauma. We usually asscoate it with serve situations, like a major accident, abuse, being attacked, diagnosed with an illness or war situations. And while these are all highly tramatic situation, often leding to symptons such as Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma can also happen on much smaller, subtle level. To such an extent, that it goes unnoticed. Undignosed. Because it's unimportant. And it dosen't affect those around us or our work, so it can't be important...
We're mostly brought up to get on with things. In doing this though, we can end up with issues in our later life. Because trauma can be as small as repeating a movement we enjoy over and over (eg: a golf swing leading to tennis elbow) using the mouse over and over (leading to CTS), sitting in stressfull meetings over and over in unnaturally lit rooms with recycled air, drinking coffee all day and eating on the go - over and over for years and years. The body is not happy. It's repeating an action it is not comfortable with. The muscles involved are in trauma trying to make it work over and over again. You end up with a bad back, pins and needles in your hands, headaches, faceaches, bad skin tired, stressed and low. And then wonder why...
Try not to:
Have a heavy meal after a treatment - allow 4-6 hours. Your body is in a healing state and is resting - massage stimulates the digestive system and therefore might make you feel nauseous.
The same goes for caffeine drinks (tea, coffee, red bull) or stimulands and Alcohol and Smoking. Really you should give them a 12-24 hour rest.
Rush around - exercise vigorously - allow a few hours. This will limit the effects of the massage.
Ignore your body's messages. You might feel faint, tired and / or thirsty.
Do try to:
Wrap up warm when leaving.
Have a bath, read a book, listen to soft relaxing music, have an early night - to continue the relaxation process.
Drink plenty of water. We are 90% water. The brain and heart are about
73% water. The lungs are about 83% water. Your body might have been drained of lymphatic waste and toxins which may result in being thirsty and the water will help flush all the waste and toxins away. Water will help the detoxifying process and to rehydrate your body.
Water literally is life.
Check out your work set up, and think about the little things you can do to reduce stress in your life.
Let me know how you felt after the massage, what surprised you.
Come back if you can, massage can be a gradual process and your feedback will help me improve my services.