Summer is winding down and the back to school season is in full swing. You can’t help but get excited about the new classes you’re getting ready to take, that professor that you heard was tough but really knows how to give his students a challenge and…. Moving?
That’s right, every year right about this time, students move en masse into their new digs for the school year. Maybe you’ve got some help from family and friends, maybe your roommates are already there to lend a hand – but one thing’s for certain: moving takes a toll on your body, no matter how young, old or in shape you are.
So, we at Egea Spa consulted our licensed massage therapists to find out how you can help lessen the affects of sore muscles in the days after your move. Following are a few suggestions that can help you fight muscle soreness and fatigue so you can be ready to explore campus with your new roommates:
Make sure to stretch through out the day when moving into your new place. Lifting heavy boxes, sofas, tables and other large objects (especially if you are taking them up or down a flight of stairs) can be traumatic to cold muscles. Get your muscles warmed up BEFORE you start with some light stretching and make sure to stretch after you’ve finished moving as well.
- Drink plenty of water
Summer may be over, but it’s still hot outside and chances are that moving is going to have you working up a sweat! Don’t let the excitement of your new place have you forgetting to replenish your body with the proper hydration. Your muscles need plenty of water to work at optimal capacity, so fill up that water bottle and sip generously.
- Get some rest
You’re anxious to go out and have some fun with your new roomies or maybe you can’t wait to get back to your old haunts and catch up with your friends. Either way, it’s important to make sure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep, especially when your muscles are working over-time. All that lifting, pushing, pulling and strenuous work is nothing short of a workout and on average it takes about 5 REM cycles of sleep for our muscles to start repairing themselves.
- Get a massage
Let’s face it: moving is stressful. Even with proper care, the stresses of moving can take a toll on not only your body, but your mind as well. Long car rides, having to say goodbye to friends and family and get acclimated to a new environment are all part of the package when it comes to settling in for the school year. A massage is a great way to ease yourself into the semester and help you clear both body and mind for a fresh start on a new year!
Northwestern students, schedule your 60 or 90 minute massage with one of Egea Spa’s licensed massage therapists today and show your Wildcard for 10% off!