"What can I do to prolong the benefits of my massage treatment?" Meeghan Mackenzie, RMT answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.
Here at Apex we get this question a lot. Clients ask us "how can I prolong the benefits of this massage?". We can all relate. We all have that brief moment after the therapist has lifted their hands of your body and ended the session. For a long second we think, "Couldn't that have lasted a little longer"; "How can I make this feeling last?". Well, here are some ways you can prolong the benefits of massage after your treatment is over:
- Drink plenty of water. It will help you to eliminate soreness and eliminate cellular waste.
- Make sure you rest, relax, and get enough sleep after you've had a massage. Taking time to decompress is always a good thing. Believe it or not even in the car after your massage. Did you like your therapist's playlist? Ask them for it, put it on in the car and be aware of where your body is at and allow it to be still, quite and calm.
- Indulge in Epsom Salt baths. Epsom salts are made up of two elements - Magnesium and Sulfate. Both act to sedate the nervous system prolonging the effects of your massage later that evening or even days after. Submerge yourself in a warm Epsom salt bath to alleviate the tension headache you came to relieve. Tired and sore feet also benefit from the therapeutic warmth of an Epsom salt soak. Add 1 cup of baking soda towards the end of your bath and make it a detox bath.
- Restorative Yoga. This is a yoga sequence that typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Restorative yoga helps to enhance mood states, balance the nervous system and boost the immune system.
- Find a regular therapist that suites your needs as a client. Commit to a treatment and consult with your therapist regarding stretches and home care to assist you in achieving your health goals.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Calgary Meeghan has been a therapist with Apex for 6 years and completed the Massage Therapy Program at Mount Royal University in 2005. She has also practiced in both The United States and The United Kingdom.
Before this time she competed in the sport of Gymnastics where she gained first-hand Massage and physiotherapy experience whilst rehabilitating from various injuries, inspiring her to pursue a career in health care.
Her passion and main focus as a Therapist is Myofascial Integration buy using a Myofascial Cupping technique. She completed Continuing Education in Manual Lymphatic Drainage in 2012 through Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia and is passionate about educating her patients on this gentle but widely effective style of Massage.
Outside of Massage Therapy Meeghan is a local Musician Singer/Songwriter and an avid traveler having traveled to many countries and remote Islands in the world.