Massage is a popular form of therapy that can help to relax the body, reduce stress, and improve circulation among other health benefits.
However, some people may experience unwanted side effects after a massage, such as vomiting, which can be concerning and uncomfortable.
In this article, I’m exploring whether it’s normal to vomit after a massage, what you should do if you’re sick after a massage, and some of the possible side effects of massage therapy.
Is It Normal to Vomit After a Massage?
It is not uncommon for people to feel nauseous or lightheaded after a massage, especially if they have received a deep tissue massage or have a lot of tension in their muscles.
This is because massage can help to release toxins and waste products that have built up in the body, which can cause temporary discomfort.
However, vomiting after a massage is relatively rare and usually not a normal response to massage therapy.
If you vomit after a massage, it’s important to talk to your massage therapist or healthcare provider to determine the cause.
Are Deep Tissue Massages More Likely to Make You Throw Up?
A deep tissue massage is one of the most intense forms of massage therapy and can help to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
However, a deep tissue massage may also increase the risk of nausea and vomiting due to the intensity of the massage.
It is important to talk to your massage therapist before getting a deep tissue massage to ensure that it is the right type of therapy for you.
You shouldn’t be shy about speaking up during the massage if it’s becoming painful or uncomfortable, too.
Even a deep tissue massage isn’t supposed to be painful, not to the point where it’s uncomfortable.
Communication is the key – let your therapist know exactly how you feel!
What Should You Do if You’re Sick After a Massage?
If you vomit after a massage, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or electrolyte-rich drinks.
You may also want to rest and take it easy for the rest of the day to allow your body to recover.
If your symptoms persist or if you experience other concerning symptoms, such as fever or severe abdominal pain, it’s important to seek medical attention.
A healthcare professional can help to determine the cause of your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment.
It’s likely that you’ll just need to take care of yourself how you would if you were sick and you’ll get better.
It’s also important to know that the more regularly you get a massage, the less likely you are to experience vomiting afterward.
This is because your body will become accustomed to the massage, you’ll have fewer toxins, and you’ll be better equipped to handle it.
Possible Side Effects of Massage Therapy
In addition to nausea and vomiting, there are a few other side effects that people may experience after a massage. These can include:
- Soreness or tenderness: It’s common to feel sore or tender in the areas that were massaged, especially after a deep tissue massage or if you have a lot of tension in your muscles. This is usually temporary and should resolve within a few days.
- Bruising: Sometimes, deep tissue massage can cause bruising, especially if the therapist is using a lot of pressure or if you have sensitive skin. Bruising is usually not a cause for concern and should resolve within a few days.
- Allergic reactions: If you have allergies or sensitivities to certain products, such as massage oils or lotions, you may experience an allergic reaction after a massage. Allergic reactions can cause symptoms such as rash, hives, or itching. If you have an allergic reaction, it’s important to tell your massage therapist and seek medical attention if necessary.
- Headaches/migraines: Headaches and migraines can be a common side effect of massage, especially if you have tight muscles in your neck or shoulders.
- Ongoing pain: If you experience pain that persists for more than a few days, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider or massage therapist.
In conclusion, while it’s not normal to vomit after a massage, it is possible to experience side effects after a massage.
If you experience these symptoms or any other concerning symptoms after a massage, it’s important to talk to your massage therapist or healthcare provider to determine the cause and seek appropriate treatment.
Don’t Let Feeling Sick or Vomiting Put You Off Having a Massage
Although it’s possible to experience nausea or vomiting after a massage, this is not always the case and it’s typically only when the massage is new or if you haven’t had a massage in a while.
With regular massages, your body can become accustomed to the treatment, and you’ll be less likely to experience any side effects.
Moreover, massage therapy can help to reduce stress and tension, improve your posture and flexibility, and provide many other health benefits.
In short; the benefits of massage therapy far outweigh the downsides so don’t let feeling sick put you off booking your next massage!
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.