After a luxury spa body massage, you will definitely feel de-stressed as your body and mind is getting quiet peacefulness, and you go home deeply relaxed, blissful and rejuvenated.But when you wake up next morning, you will not find yourself in the same pleasure of being pampered the previous day. You will wake up with shooting pain of muscle stiffness. Here are some reasons for this stiffness.
1) The professional massage therapist will massage to release the tension of muscles and this involves muscle stretches. If the muscles are not used the stiffness will be more after the massage. This is similar to getting pain/stiffness after a vigorous workout as the muscles are involved and used in both the cases. But a body massage will break the obstructions more than a workout and hence the stiffness last for one or two days. A therapeutic massage helps in detoxifying the body. The lymph drainage occurs naturally during massage and clears our waste fluids.
During massage, the muscles lengthen, stretch and cause tears in muscles and this is normal. This helps more blood flow to that area. This is one of the reasons for your stiffness.
2) Being dehydrated on the day of massage increases the chances of stiffness on the next day. So it is advisable to drink lots of fluids and herbal teas. This will decrease the soreness and will help in eliminating the waste products released from soft tissues. It is recommended to avoid caffeine and alcohol.
So any pain of stiffness caused after a massage can be considered normal and should subside within 24-72 hours. Please consult a physician if the pain persist for a long time.