His body was saying “I really like this feeling, I surrender. Please go home and relax in a nice hot bath”.
His mind was saying “I feel amazing and fresh, lets share it with the world. Please go to the pub and have a beer with our mates”.
As his trusted Remedial therapist he asked my advice. I thought it was a stupid question (I don't drink beer) so I said if I were you I would go home and have a nice hot bath….
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
…but first I would stop on the way and buy beer (wine) and epsom salts.
Post massage self care is all about being kind. To yourself. Stepping into that hot bath with your music playing and your glass of wine is going to feel like heaven. If you have children its going to feel like a guilty pleasure. As you lower yourself down into the embracing warmth you will close your eyes, inhale deeply and exhale any residual pain or tension. As you take a sip of wine you will inhale deeply and exhale a sigh of complete surrender. Your body is warm and relaxed, your mind is clear and you have 30 minutes of solitude.
You have all the ingredients needed for extending your massage bliss. Mind. Body. Spirit.
But what if I don't drink?! Or have a bath!?
Don't worry. Sure a bath is relaxing and very effective at relieving Low Back Pain in particular, and yes wine in small doses (no more than 1-2 glasses per day) is apparently good for your health (there is a God after all) but the safest, and possible most beneficial way of improving/regulating your wellbeing in the long term is by tapping into the healing powers of that deep inhale, deep exhale, of your breath.
Deep breathing not only fills our lungs with more oxygen, stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation, it also stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System promoting a state of calm. This part of our nervous system works in direct opposition to the Sympathetic Nervous System, the part of our nervous system responsible for stress and the “flight or fight” response.
The simple practice of taking three deep breaths is enough to quiet the mind and melt away tension from the body. Freeing you from the draining default setting of the Autonomic Nervous System which is constantly “switched on” and opening you up to all the potential awesomeness of a less stressed you.
So make the massage bliss last and practice three deep breaths not just at bath time but regularly, every day.
*If your bath is hot you will sweat. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after.
*Always drink in moderation
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