A: Experiencing sore or tight muscles is normal after a massage, especially if it has been a while since your last massage or you’ve never had one before.
Massage is like exercise. It forces blood into the muscle, bringing nutrients and removing toxins. This process can temporarily increase inflammation (the healing response) to areas that the body feels need attention. This inflammation can bring discomfort.
Inflammation and discomfort usually last a few hours to about a day and a half. The same things you do to treat sore muscles after exercise may help soreness after a massage.