What now? You have booked a massage in the days after giving in to the lure of the sun?
Now your body is red and sore.
Should you for the treatment or should you cancel your appointment?
Here are a few points to take into consideration when you have to answer that burning question:
Summertime is here in all its sizzling and sunny glory! And with school holidays having started last week, the beaches in my town are packed to capacity.
Yet, despite public education programmes advising us to be cautious and adverts selling all kinds of protection measures from tanning lotions to UV protection swimwear, people still suffer sunburn after a day at the water.
Usually we tend to not pay much attention except to relieve the discomfort and maybe stay out of the sun for a day or two.
And what if we had booked a massage in the days after giving in to the lure of the sun?
Should I go or should I cancel my appointment?
Making the decision to go for a massage or not, is actually not that difficult.
Identify the degree of sun damage.
Sunburn is more than just going red. The sun, in fact, burns the skin and depending on which layer of skin is damaged, the burn is classified as first, second or third degree burns.
The only time massage will be bearable is if you suffer from a mild, first degree sunburn. If not raw and painful massage might be soothing the inflamed skin. The therapist will use gentle, gliding strokes.
In more serious cases, but still classified as first degree burns, the therapist will avoid the damaged areas and only massage the areas that did not burn.
Massaging broken skin, blisters, and swelling are contraindicated until after the sub-acute stages of healing.
Identify your own level of discomfort
Your level of discomfort and pain will help you gauge if going for a massage is the right thing to do or not.
Remember pain is a very subjective experience and what might look like slight redness might be unbearbly sore to the touch for you.
Dealing with the big itch
By day three when the itchiness of the peeling skin is driving you nuts, you might want a massage more than anything. The oil will also help to rehydrate the skin.
Happiness is having a scratch for every itch. - Ogden Nash
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!