Ten Ways to Prolong the Effects of a Massage

  1. Drink two quarts of fresh water daily (for soft-tissue irrigation)
  2. Maintain a neutral sleeping posture by using pillows to bolster the extremities in order to keep the spine straight
  3. Practice movement therapies or stretches
  4. Apply ice packs on painful areas (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off)
  5. Practice postural awareness during the day
  6. Decrease the intake of caffeine and sugar as much as possible (these neurostimulants can increase pain perception and dehydrate the body)
  7. Breathe slowly, extending the exhale
  8. Develop a positive attitude
  9. Simplify/prioritize and take stress breaks
  10. Love yourself!