After deep tissue bodywork you may experience tenderness, tiredness, mild nausea and/
or thirst. This is due to the release of trapped metabolic ash, and cellular waste products
being pushed out from deep within tissue fiber that has been tight for months or years.
The feeling is similar to exercising muscles, which haven’t been used in a long time. This is
normal and may last up to three days. After your next session, and as the muscles
become healthier, recovery time will lessen and then cease.
By drinking water immediately after your session, there’s a greater likelihood that
massage induced muscle pain and soreness will be lessened. If you are not drinking
water as a regular practice, be aware that up to 60 percent of the human body is water,
and lean muscle tissue contains 75 percent water by weight. Water is vital to move
nutrients around the body, keep tissue supple, and to flush impurities out of the body. A
good practice is to drink half you body weight in ounces of good pure water (without
flavorings) daily. For example, if you weigh 180 lbs. you should try to drink 90 ounces of
water daily, which is approximately 2.7 quarts. The more broken up scar tissue and
adhesions (cellular waste) that are flushed out and leave the body, the better you will
feel the next day. Your urine should be clear (except when taking or eating certain
vitamins and foods) if you are fully hydrated.
Taking a warm full bath with 4 cups of Epsom salts will also help to push out impurities,
supporting the recovery of muscle tissue even further. Epsom salt contains magnesium
(Mg), the fourth most abundant mineral or macronutrient in human cells. Magnesium is a
natural muscle relaxant, and as it soothes muscles it has an almost immediate effect on
acute and chronic pain. As you soak, the magnesium in the Epsom salt will be absorbed
through the skin and into the bloodstream.
It is best to not engage in exercise for 24 to 30 hours as your newly relaxed muscles are
now released, adjusting, and realigning. It is important that your body has this time to
heal. Be a couch potato, without the guilt.