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Will I Experience Muscle Soreness After My Massage?

Woman with upper back painIt’s not unusual to feel a bit sore following a massage. Some soreness is actually a good thing because that means any knots and muscle tension have been released. Any discomfort you may feel following a massage is similar to the soreness you might feel after a good workout at the gym. Massage triggers a release of lactic acid stored in muscles, which may create a temporary feeling of soreness.

With a therapeutic massage, we’re hitting the deeper muscles that may not be used on a regular basis. The greater the pressure used during the massage the more you’re going to feel post-treatment, therefore a deep tissue will result in more soreness than a therapeutic massage or relaxation massage. Here are some tips for combatting any discomfort following your massage.

Take a Warm Bath

Having a warm bath after your massage can help alleviate any muscle soreness. So if you’re experiencing any post-massage discomfort, we recommend that you soak in a tub filled with warm water plus Epsom salt, which can help to relax the body, diminish stress and relieve muscle cramps.

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydration is critical after a massage. We recommend that you drink anywhere from three to six glasses of water after the massage to help flush out all the toxins.


Post-massage stretching can help preserve the benefits of your session. Specifically, massage can promote proper blood circulation, foster relaxation and increase flexibility.

Take It Easy

Instead of hitting the gym for a workout consider doing light activities such as stretching or walking. Light activity is an effective way to reduce soreness after a massage. After receiving a massage you should refrain from engaging in high-impact or physically taxing activities which can tire out the body.

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