It's normal to experience some discomfort after a massage. Stimulating muscles that you don't usually use can cause delayed onset muscle pain, which is a physical response to inflammation as the body heals. This type of pain is most commonly associated with deep tissue massage, and it can start right away or the next day. The duration of the pain can vary depending on the treatment, the body's reaction, and how well the pain is managed.
Muscle pain after massage is usually caused by healing and sports massage, which are designed to challenge muscle restrictions and restore the default muscle state for improved movement, ease, and relaxation. If you feel muscle pain after a massage, it's because the soft tissues have been manipulated to break adhesions, knots, and retention patterns and return the muscle condition to a functional state. This type of “good pain” is similar to an intense workout, and it requires time for the body to repair any mini-trauma. If the pain persists, taking a pain reliever can be very helpful in breaking the pain cycle and allowing the brain to relax the “worked” muscles.
Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts, avoiding exercise, and rinsing your body with water for the rest of the day are some ways to help relieve pain after a massage. Additionally, environmental and chemical factors such as a woman's period, dietary habits, and stress levels can affect how someone responds compared to their normal feeling after a massage. It's very unlikely that you'll feel pain after a light, relaxing treatment such as Swedish massage. Relaxing on the massage table while the therapist works their magic on sore muscles is one of the best parts of getting a massage.