A Guide to Relieving Post Massage Soreness

A massage can uplift your mood, alleviate your pain, and promote healing for injuries. However, while this modality is relaxing, your muscles may feel sore after a treatment. You may feel the same sensation as you may have after having a strenuous workout.

Having sore muscles after a massage is completely normal because the treatment itself stimulates various parts of your body and the physical movement of the tissues causes a change in them. You can be sore after a massage if your body is not used to getting massages, or you received a deep tissue massage that requires strong and heavy pressure. You may feel pain and have some inflammation since this is how your body heals in response to the treatment.

Our team of experienced massage therapists in Edmonton compiled some of the most effective tips you can follow to minimize discomfort and handle post-massage soreness effectively. These include the following:

  1. Rest

Taking your time to have adequate rest and sleep is important after your massage. If you can, avoid working out immediately after a massage. Movement is good and healthy to take after a treatment but try not to do anything to strenuous.

  1. Hydrate

Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is recommended, especially before and after your massage. Refrain from consuming caffeinated, alcoholic, and sugary beverages. Instead, opt for drinks that promote wellness, such as herbal teas, coconut water, or juices from fresh fruits or vegetables. This way, you can flush toxins from your body.

  1. Use an ice pack or take an ice bath

Target sore areas after massage with cold therapy to reduce any inflammation and ease discomfort. To achieve this, take an ice bath for 10-15 minutes, or use an ice pack on the painful spots of your body for 10 minutes several times a day.

  1. Apply heat

Similar to cold therapy, hot therapy can promote relaxation and alleviate the painful areas in your body. Place a heating pad on your sore spots for up to 15 minutes a few times a day or as needed. You may also go to the sauna, take a hot shower, or soak your body in warm water (or as hot as you can handle) with Epsom salts for up to 30 minutes.

  1. Apply topical treatments

Muscle rub can help alleviate your sore muscles and get rid of pain after massage. Some examples are MediStik, Biofreeze, or Japanese Mint Oil. Apply this in a circular motion on the painful or inflamed parts of your body several times a day according to the specific product instructions and your needs to promote faster healing and relaxation.

At Therapeutic Body Concepts we have these products available for purchase, so feel free to ask us about them next time you visit the clinics!


Relaxing massage therapy from our highly trained and professional massage therapists in Edmonton can improve your blood circulation, improve your flexibility and joint mobility, reduce your muscle tension, and promote recovery from injuries. Do not let post-massage soreness hinder you from getting this procedure. Follow the steps mentioned above and enjoy the benefits of massage therapy to the fullest.

To unwind and relax your senses, get massage therapy in Edmonton from Therapeutic Body Concepts. We also offer Osteopathy and Acupuncture. Schedule your massage today!

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