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Do you feel sore after a massage?

Have you ever gotten a massage just to wake up the next morning feeling sore or achy? What is wrong with me?

Actually, nothing is wrong with you. What you are experiencing is actually quite common especially if you are new to massage. Here’s a short lesson.

During a massage the muscles get worked and manipulated. So, it’s a bit like a workout you’re not used to. The muscles aren’t used to it and that results in a bit of achiness. In addition to that, during the massage and the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissue, toxins are released and start to move out of the body. This, too, can result in soreness.

Your massage therapist told you to drink plenty of water because that would help accelerate the process of eliminating the toxins. And that’s very important. Most, if not all, massage therapists will remind you to do this. 

Epsom Salt Bath

This is also another effective approach you can take. Epsom salts are a mineral compound called magnesium sulfate, which is actually a natural muscle relaxer. They help draw toxins, such as lactic acid, from the body. In addition, Epsom salts can help reduce any swelling that you may experience.

How to use Epsom Salts

  1. Epsom salts are readily available at drug stores and grocery stores. Dissolve at least 2 cups of Epsom salts in the tub filled with really warm water. Do not add any other oils or bath solutions. (If you are dirty you may want to shower first)
  2. Drink a glass of water before getting in the tub as well as having one while soaking.
  3. Soak in the water for at least 20 minutes.
  4. After twenty minutes, rinse in warm water.
  5. Drink another glass of water (all this water is because the Epsom salts are drawing water from your body).

Please note: Epsom salt baths are not recommended for people who have high blood pressure, heart problems, and varicose veins, are pregnant or are diabetic.