What should I do after a massage?
Do not perform immediately after a massage – wait a day.
Your voice might not respond as it usually does as changes have occurred on a cellular level.
Most people have had the experience of speaking much lower post-massage for this reason and because of the deep relaxation achieved.
Professional athletes only have deep remedial work post-competition because of this.
They have quick, stimulating massage before competing to stimulate circulation and warm up the muscles – achieved by singers with vocal and body warm-ups.
Drink plenty of water to help flush out the debris and toxins that have been broken up.
It is good to walk for five minutes after a massage so the body stays in balance.
I recommend having a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.
Rest and relax, try not to drink alcohol; it could have a stronger effect after massage.
You may feel sore the next day if you’ve had some deep work but should feel the benefits of a more relaxed body by the second day.
Always contact me if you have any concerns.
Learn techniques including self-massage (I can teach you some techniques), breathing, relaxing, stretching and gentle exercise. This will help relieve tension between treatments.
Stay in-tune with your body and note differences in singing and posture until your next massage. Work with a mirror to establish if any negative body patterns are present.
Enjoy feeling relaxed, more peaceful and know you’ve helped your body, mind and voice!