Many massage clients experience uncomfortable symptoms after they get a massage. This could alarm them quickly since most people (especially those new to massage treatment) are not aware of why this happens.
However, the symptoms that the clients experience are often harmless. The body’s effort to detoxify itself brings about these symptoms. This is important for you to learn so that you can educate your new clients to manage expectations and their body’s reaction to your massage.
Let’s look at detoxification after a massage in detail:
Detoxification After a Massage
One of the most common reasons people get a massage therapy is for relaxation. There is no doubt about the fact that massage therapy is supposed to make a person feel comfortable. However, there are instances where therapy triggers a cleansing process within the body, which could lead to slight discomfort.
This is known as the detoxification process. If your body undergoes this process, you may feel discomfort and there are quite a few people who become very much concerned when they experience this. Some even tend to think that the massage therapist was not qualified enough and ended up hurting them more than benefiting them.
However, this is a perfectly natural process. Of course, it is not necessary for your clients to experience this discomfort after a massage – but there is a chance, especially in the event their body has accumulated a hefty amount of toxins over time prior to the massage therapy.
Why the Body Detoxifies After a Massage
Almost everyone knows about the healing and cleansing effects of massage therapy. Every the type of massage therapy has a cleansing effect on the body. The daily routine that we tend to live by, the foods that we consume and our environment all have minor negative effects on our body.
One of these negative effects is the buildup of toxins within the body. This is a very common occurrence and can only be prevented by regular detoxification. Since detoxification methods involve fasting and a vigorous diet, many people avoid it. Over time, the toxin build up becomes quite immense. Massages could trigger the natural healing process of the body.
The body gets into a self-cleaning mode and begins to try to flush out the toxins. This is mainly because of an increase in blood circulation. The discomfort that one feels post massage is actually the body working to dissolve toxins stored in it.
The symptoms can be quite alarming as they are never constant. Every individual experiences a different detoxification symptom. There may be instances where the same person may experiences a variety of different symptoms.
Symptoms of the Detoxification Process
One of the main reasons massage clients are concerned is the variety of symptoms of the detoxification process. Some clients experience the same type of symptom every time.
Others may experience a completely different symptom. Some individuals experience a different symptom for every detoxification process. It’s hard to anticipate what the body will go through.
This is why you should make sure that your clients are aware of the possible symptoms. Once the clients are aware of all the symptoms, they may not worry or question the effectiveness of the therapy session.
Let’s look at some of the most common symptoms of the detoxification process:
- Muscle Soreness
- Muscle Strain
- Body Fatigue
- Constant Thirst
So keep in mind that these symptoms are not limited to massage therapy only. In fact any detoxification method can cause the abovementioned symptoms.
This is why it is best to research as much as possible about the effects of detoxification on the human body. The more information you relay to the clients, the better. You should also always tell your clients to drink plenty of water right before and after a massage session to avoid dehydration.
And from a professional’s diligence perspective, it’s best to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training should you need to exercise in the event of an emergency.
How Can Clients Reduce Detoxification Symptoms
There are many ways the symptoms of detoxification can be reduced. These method are quite easy to try, and can really relieve clients of their discomfort. Of course there is no harm if the clients do not want to actively reduce these symptoms.
They will run their course and go away with time. The detoxification symptoms are not harmful at all. For this reason, you should never force the detoxification methods on your clients.
However, be sure to guide them about and through the methods if they so desire, but if they do not want to try them, make sure you are not forcing them.
Let’s look at the most common methods used to relieve these symptoms:
It is a great idea to offer your clients a glass of water after a massage, but don’t force it if they tell you they are not thirsty. Simply remind them to drink plenty of water if they want to recover quickly and relieve any uncomfortable feeling in their body.
Water can be very effective as it could help the body the drain toxins. If you drink lots of water, the toxins may flow out of your body quicker and you could feel relieved much quicker.
Bathe Post Massage
Another way of speeding up the toxin release is to bathe in Epsom salts. This can not only soothe the body but also relieve the symptoms of detoxification.
Strictly from a physical perspective, it will also wash away the oils/lotion applied on the body. Some people are bothered by the “icky” feeling after a massage.
Rest Is Necessary
It is normal to feel tired after a massage. If your clients experience this feeling, be sure to tell them to get enough rest.
Explain that a massage is a workout activity wherein the body’s muscles are worked on. It is natural to feel tired and getting rest will only help the muscles recover faster.
Educating Your Clients
As a massage therapist you should be well aware of possible uncomfortable symptoms following a massage therapy session. Although this material is taught in massage school, you should not expect your clients to know about it until they are told. It is your responsibility as a good massage therapist to educate your clients.
Before you begin the therapy session, you should educate them about how the massage affects the body, how they should anticipate feeling during and after the massage. This should be done in detail so that when you get to the part about detoxification, they have a profound understanding of what it is and why it is needed. Once you have explained the detoxification process, you can tell them more about the uncomfortable symptoms so that they are prepared and understand that it is just a temporary effect.
By guiding your clients with ways in which the symptoms can be reduced, your clients will appreciate you being honest and will trust you more because of the genuine caring gesture. Without such guidance, some clients may assume that you gave them an improper massage. If you educate them, they could be prepared for the symptoms and will trust you even more as a therapist.
The body responds much better over time as clients get accustomed to massage. Make sure you tell them that. They will realize it more over time as they incorporate regular massages in their lifestyles.
In summary, be sure to study as much as possible about the symptoms of the body’s detoxification and educate your clients thoroughly beforehand.