Massage of any type stimulates the lymphatic system which is responsible for moving and processing toxins, (natural and chemical) out of our fluid bodies. During and after your massage your body will be quietly hard at work pulling out stored and floating toxins for elimination. You may never notice, but if you have a lot to process it is normal to feel a bit groggy.
Drinking water will facilitate the process of quick elimination. Going for walks will also keep the lymphatic system working efficiently without causing stress for the body. While you are walking notice and enoucourage fluid movement, let the muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders relax. Ease your mind by focusing your thoughts on your present environment and your body. Notice other thoughts if they occur but avoid questions and answers about whatever it is that often consumes your thoughts causing stress. Focus on the healthy activity you have chosen in the moment.
After a Deep Tissue session, it is normal to experience sore muscles, very similar to what you might feel after a workout. If you are feeling a burning sensation in the muscles alternate the application of ice and heat, no more than 20 minutes per application with 20 minutes between and ask your therapist to work a little lighter next time. It may also help you practice concentrated relaxation for 20 minutes before getting your massage. Encouraging your muscles to break memorized patterns of contraction will not only help you feel better even without a massage but it will make your massage more satisfying both during and after.