Massage is a very relaxing and stimulating treatment that has effects on your mind, body and emotions. Following some forms of massage you may experience some of the following symptoms: Tiredness, fatigue or more energy Increased thirst Increased visits to the toilet Slight headache or nausea Heightened mood and emotions
These symptoms are not exhaustive but all normal and are simply a sign that your body is going through a healing process. In this event increase your water intake and try to rest. These feelings should pass within 24 hours. To minimise the risk of these effects we advise the following: Drink plenty of pure water, herbal teas or pure fruit juices. Massage can release alot of tension and increasing your fluid intake can help minimise the risk of dehydration, which can cause headaches and nausea.
Rest, sleep and relax immediately following a treatment.
Take extra care if you are driving, as your reflexes may be slower than normal.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, fizzy drinks and tobacco following a treatment as their stimulating effects may hinder the detoxifying process.
Try to take a light meal as a heavy meal may slow detoxification make you feel nauseous.
After an massage, some essential oils are phototoxic (enhance the properties of the sun) which is enhanced in pregnancy and just after birth.
Your massage therapist may therefore advise that you avoid direct sunlight, hot showers and sunbeds and saunas for 24 hours following your treatment.