How our Massage Packages can Help Prevent the Symptoms of a Hangover

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage

In grade school, St. Patrick’s Day is all about what you are wearing. We all know that if you show up to school without any green on, you run the risk of getting pinched. Beyond that slightly odd tradition, this holiday conjures up images of leprechauns chasing after pots of gold and people hoping for a bit of the “Luck o’ the Irish.” For the adults celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, there may be some drinks involved as they spend the evening with friends. Before you go out and party, consider getting a massage to reduce the severity of a hangover.

Here are four ways a massage can help you prep your body for a night celebrating all things Irish.

1. Rub Away the Tension

A hangover can leave your body tense. This tension leads to aches and general discomfort. A good massage can relax your muscles and soothe that tension away. This, in turn, leaves you better equipped to go on with your day.

2. Soothe Your Scalp

Another common side effect of having too much to drink, on St. Patrick’s Day or on any other day of the year, is a painful headache. Headaches are often caused by putting unnecessary strain on your neck muscles by having poor posture. Addressing this issue before having a couple green beers, can reduce the severity of hang over headaches. There are few things that feel better than a good scalp massage, especially when you’re dealing with a headache. A therapist’s fingers massaging your forehead, scalp, and neck can make a huge difference in how you feel.

3. Boost Your Immunity

Did you know that massage has actually been shown to boost your body’s immunity to illness? Before your hangover starts, give your immune system a boost. This is especially beneficial since drinking too much alcohol can leave your immune system weakened. If you’re already feeling crummy after your holiday celebrations, the last thing you need is to catch that bug that’s going around the office. Do yourself a favor and protect your body against disease by getting a massage beforehand.

4. Calm an Upset Stomach

Finally, consider some light massage on your stomach area if you’re experiencing discomfort in that area. Abdominal massage can help improve digestion, improve the blood supply to organs in this area, and stimulate the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas to allow the release of waste products. If you have a habit of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a bit too much gusto, a massage is a great way to prep your body in order to get back in top shape as fast as possible. Massage can relieve muscle tension, soothe an aching head, boost your immunity, and calm your stomach. Of course, the best way to avoid that hangover is to simply not to drink too much in the first place. Should you choose to drink, please do so responsibly.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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