Within days of getting each massage, I came down with a cold.
After the first instance I was told that I should have drunk a lot of water after my massage, as the massage releases toxins in the body. I remembered that advice after my more recent massage, but apparently I didn't drink enough.
Although colds are yucky, they've proven to me that massages are incredible tools and have confirmed that our bodies are amazing entities.
On a massage forum I found this comment from a person whose credentials are unknown, so take it with a grain of salt. Although it does make sense to me.
Other things can build up too like cellular debris, viruses and bacteria. Some people actually catch a cold after a massage because something was left dormant too long in their muscle tissue.According to a piece written by a chiropractic orthopedist and a licensed massage therapist, there are times when one shouldn't get a massage.
If you think you are getting a cold or getting sick or you actually are sick, a massage will only make you worse. It is too much for the body to handle. Also if you are over-fatigued, a massage may be too much for you.I felt fine before -- and during -- the massage, so I believe that the massage awoke the dormant virus.
I'm amazed by how our bodies work. We don't give them enough credit or treat them as well as we should. I know I need to start stimulating my body with yoga and soothing it with meditation. And you, my dear omnivorous reader, need to refrain from putting parts of dead animals into your body. (Sounds weird, doesn't it? But that's what you're doing.)
By getting this cold, my body has taught me something: I can't go seven years between massages. Now I have an excuse to get one on a regular basis.
Do you have a massage story you'd like to share? Or how about natural cold remedies? (I swear by hot tea.)