Is It Okay To Take A Bath After A Swedish Massage?
The term Swedish massage can be a bit of a misnomer, as the style of massage has origins in Germany, not Sweden. Regardless of its origin, though, Swedish massage is one of the most popular forms of massage today and therefore tends to draw questions from potential clients who are interested in trying out this form of treatment. The question that many people ask about Swedish massage is whether it’s okay to take a bath after the treatment, and the answer may surprise you. Here’s what you need to know about taking baths after Swedish massages.
Can I Take A Bath After Swedish Massage?
Though it may be tempting to relax in a nice hot bath after getting a massage, doing so can interfere with your body’s ability to recover from therapy. If you choose to take a bath, it is best not to fill up any more than one-third of your tub with water. If you have enough room in your bathroom, you can turn on a shower and sit under it instead of taking a bath. As long as you don’t take too long (stay under ten minutes) and rinse yourself off before getting out of the shower, there should be little impact on your massage recovery. And speaking of rinsing, it’s also important that you wash off completely before bed or going about your day.
How long after?
Just like with many things in life, timing is everything. When it comes to taking a bath after receiving a massage treatment, timing can definitely make a difference in how your body reacts to certain activities. For example, if you receive a massage and decide to take a shower or get into bed right away, you may have some trouble falling asleep. On the other hand, if you wait an hour or so before getting up and moving around (or perhaps even enjoying another relaxing treatment), your body will be able to respond accordingly while being exposed to less stress.
Are there alternatives to baths
While it’s perfectly safe to take a bath after a massage, that doesn’t mean you have to. There are a number of other ways to help relax your muscles after getting your whole body worked on. Some people find relief in lying down and putting their feet up on a wall or chair, while others prefer gentle stretches or even cold water showers and soaks. (Just don’t forget to bring back those extremities!) As with all things massage-related, there’s no wrong way to handle post-massage muscle relaxation—so if you think soaking will help you feel better than stretching out on the couch, go for it!
Don’t do anything strenuous
The entire point of a Swedish massage is to relax and relieve your muscles of stress. When you’re done, don’t do anything that puts more stress on your body. In fact, you shouldn’t even go out in public right after your treatment because people may bump into you! If you want to socialize or grab lunch, wait until after work when you’re ready to decompress. You can always make plans with friends or family during a massage, but please be aware that it might take several hours for your body to recover from a full-body massage—and then another day or two before it starts feeling better again. You don’t want to reinjure yourself!
Why are baths so great after massage anyway
You probably know that feeling of being so relaxed you could fall asleep. That’s a bath after massage in a nutshell. There are several reasons baths feel so amazing after a massage. First, there’s all of those long, smooth strokes: When your massage therapist works over your body with slow, gliding movements and gentle pressure, they break up adhesions that build up in your muscles over time; these massaging strokes also get blood flowing to your skin, making it soft and silky-feeling. Second, post-massage baths are relaxing because they simply put you into a more relaxed state of mind—it’s another form of relaxation therapy!
What about hot tubs, Saunas and Steam Rooms?
Treatments like saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs can increase your heart rate and circulation, which in turn increases blood flow throughout your body. This is a great benefit of these types of treatments when you’re well. But if you just had a massage or facial where your circulation was already increased by virtue of how much pressure was applied to your muscles, you could be at risk for getting light-headed or dizzy due to overstimulation. Best advice: always listen to what your body is telling you and take it easy after any kind of treatment that uses heat or packs on pressure. If you experience any dizziness, nausea or discomfort after sauna time (or during), come out and cool down for awhile before returning!
Always listen to your body
One of your massage therapist’s main goals is to help you feel comfortable, physically and emotionally. If your body feels uncomfortable after a session, you can ask for additional time on problem areas or request that certain techniques be avoided. Ultimately, you have control over how much pressure and intensity are used during a massage. If something feels too intense for your comfort level, speak up and your therapist will adjust accordingly.
Regardless of whether or not you actually take a bath after a massage, it’s important to mention that there are many more side effects and benefits associated with massage than just relaxation. Whether you want to make lifestyle changes such as cutting back on processed foods, adopting an exercise routine, or decreasing your alcohol intake—massage can aid in all those endeavors. For instance, studies have shown that post-workout massages help decrease inflammation in muscles and reduce pain from intense workouts. Massaging essential oils into your skin may also protect your skin against UV damage from sunlight exposure and may even help repair UV damage done previously. While we would recommend getting a massage for these reasons alone, it’s always nice to know you might get some extra relaxation time out of it as well!