Why do I sometimes feel "beat up" after a good massage?
It turns out that massage may cause a mildly toxic situation in the body, but don't worry, exercise does too, it doesn't last long, and it's worth it.
Massage clients often experience varying degrees of mild soreness and malaise following a massage — post-massage soreness & malaise, or PMSM. It can manifest as body soreness, exhaustion, even feel like a touch of the flu. After a day or two, especially with some mild stretching and plenty of fluids, we usually feel even better than we did prior to the massage, and that's the whole point, right? So, what is going on in the body that causes this?