After you have received a massage, there are a few things you should and should not do to continue to reap the benefits of the treatment.

What to do/not to do after a massage

The best thing to do after a massage is to relax as much as possible and drink plenty of water or other liquids, such as herbal teas or fruit juice. Try to avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, cola) as it is a stimulant and won’t help you relax.

Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.

Drink plenty of water or herbal teas.

Massaging the body can release toxins into your system and so the more you can do to help flush them out the better. So drinking water will definitely help.

Avoid alcohol and, if possible, smoking after your treatment. A massage is a detoxifying treatment and smoking and drinking will reintroduce toxins into the body.

Heavy meals should also be avoided immediately before and after treatment. When we eat, blood is diverted to the gut to help with the digestion of food. A massage will stimulate blood circulation which may hinder digestion.

Vigourous exercise (running, weight-lifting,  high-intensity aerobics, power yoga, etc.) should also be avoided as it may increase muscle soreness if you’ve received massage on specific tension areas and compromise any work done.

Feeling tired after a massage is quite common.

Feeling tired after a massage is quite common.

Possible after-effects

After a massage you may feel tired, or get a headache (which is one reason you need to drink more) or experience aching in some of the areas you were massaged. This is quite normal and nothing to be worried about. You may have no after-effects at all – that’s quite normal too! Everyone is different.




Some of the more common after-effects of massage include:

– an increase in going to the toilet as your circulatory and lymphatic systems have been stimulated

– tiredness due to the release of toxins, increased circulation and the relaxation process

– a headache which may be a result of stimulation of nerve fibres during the massage, or dehydration

– muscular aches in the areas the treatment has focussed on

– thirst due to the increased action of the lymphatic system
– heightened emotions due to the release of tension


As I said at the beginning, the main thing to do after a massage is – NOTHING.
Rest and relax, it couldn’t be simpler.
Take time out to do nothing and don’t feel guilty about it.
If you have a home massage with us here at Just Massage this is so much easier – no car/bus/train to get home.
Straight to your sofa or bed with a herbal tea and a light-hearted book to read!
Rest and relax after your massage

Rest and relax after your massage

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on: