The other day, a friend of mine told me about a recent visit to a spa and felt his experience was life changing. He also conveyed the spa therapist's 'post-treatment' dos and don'ts, which surprisingly included no sex. Although this advice was specific to the acupuncture that he had, there are some post-treatment guidelines that can help you maximize your experience and your treatment.
Here are four of my top "don'ts" for after your visit:
- Avoid Vigorous Activity: After a spa treatment, you are often very relaxed. In order to adjust out of your deep relaxation and to avoid tensing up, stay relaxed and avoid overly strenuous, rigorous or exciting activities (this may be where the 'no-sex' rule fits in). That said, you probably can partake after 12 - 24 hours.
- Avoid Alcohol: Spa treatments can release toxins into your blood stream and cause you to lose some water. Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours to avoid further dehydration and intensified toxicity in your system. In order to 'flush' away those toxins and replace lost water, drink a lot of fluids, namely H2O, for 24 hours post-treatment.
- Avoid Big Meals: Avoid eating a large or heavy meal for a few hours after your treatment. It might cause you to feel nauseous or sick. Instead, eat a light meal or snack after your treatment to replenish.
- Resist the Shower: Although it might sound a little unhygienic, showering or washing your face immediately after a treatment isn't recommended. In the case of acupuncture, waiting to shower 24 hours will help eliminate possible infection (remember, you just had needles stuck into your skin). If you had any other treatments that used essential oils, creams and/or botanicals, refraining from rinsing off will allow your skin to benefit and soak up the minerals and anti-oxidants longer.
No matter what, it is best to check with your therapist to know what is the best post treatment protocol for your specific treatment.
Have you ever heard of any other wacky 'dos or don'ts' for after your favorite spa treatment?
Originally posted on sheerbalance.com
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