Traditional Thai Massage is known for its wealth of stretches and can be of help in a post-workout routine.
As it is, so-called static stretching is desirable as a warm-up before a workout or sports activity to prevent injury and enhance performance, but it’s certainly also recommended as a post-exercise treatment.
In fact, Thai Massage and stretches can help remove waste products, like lactic acid, as such avoiding excessive muscle soreness and tightness (medically called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) in the days after your workout. Massages can also prevent undue muscle pain by reducing tensions, improve blood circulation, and releasing specific hormones.
As a rule, it’s always good to integrate a cooling-down routine in your exercise plans to support your body to recover faster and diminish the chances of (too many) aches in the days after.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that it’s not recommended to massage and stretch your body when you already experience muscle pains and tightness, so it’s desirable to engage in a treatment as soon as possible after your activity.
If you didn’t have the time (or forgot) to get a massage or (do) stretches, well, then just give your muscles plenty of time to rest and repair, else you will only experience more intense soreness and pains.
In general, it takes 12 to 24 hours before you’ll experience muscle soreness after a workout, which can last anywhere between 1 to 3 days. As a rule: the more intense the workout, the more time muscles need for their healing and rebuilding process.