You may have heard that it is possible for soreness to occur after a massage, and there are many reasons why this might be the case. It is not uncommon, but there are ways that you can limit or reduce the soreness you experience. In this write-up, we will discuss why you may feel sore, and the top five ways to reduce post-massage soreness.

Deep tissue techniques may produce post-massage soreness. It is common to be a bit sore afterward, however, soreness that lasts multiple days is not a normal response. The main reason why a person experiences muscle soreness after a massage is because of the muscle work that has just been performed. The soft tissues and muscles have been manipulated to break down adhesions and knots, therefore, leading to muscle soreness afterward.

Massages can also affect the function of the lymphatic system, which carries away toxins and waste from our bodies. This possible flushing out, then reduction, of toxins can initially affect how one feels, and may even affect the soreness level as well. Again, hydration helps to rid the body of these toxins and improves the function of the lymphatic system. Below you will find the top five ways to reduce soreness after a massage!

1. Take an Epsom Salt Bath

A warm epsom salt bath can do wonders to reduce muscle soreness. Add a cup or more of epsom salt to your bath and soak for 15–20 minutes. Your body will thank you!

2. Go for a Walk

A nice light walk will help the body to work out any soreness, as gentle activity and exercise like this can help the muscles to move freely. Be sure to avoid hills or strenuous activity and keep it light.

3. Stretch

Gentle stretching of the muscles is helpful to reduce tightness and soreness. Hold the stretches for 30 seconds, and be sure to breathe deeply during the stretching. Stretching should not be painful or feel too aggressive.

4. Drink Water

Proper hydration before and after a walk is key! Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water a day to feel good and achieve adequate hydration.

5. Relax

After a massage, give your body and mind time to relax, and try not to plan any activity that may be strenuous or stressful that day. Enjoy the relaxation, and have a stress-free day!