Why it’s important to drink water before and after a massage
Drinking water has many health benefits such as:
- Regulating your body temperature
- Flushing out bacteria
- Protecting organs and tissues
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen
If you have treated yourself, or been treated to, a massage and can’t wait for your upcoming appointment then there are a few things you must know before your treatment.
1) Massages are dehydrating
Firstly, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle get fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That’s why many people must pee right after a massage. You need to replenish all that lost water – by drinking more.
Then there’s the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced every day by your muscles. When your muscles are tight or you’ve got a major knot, it constricts circulation in those areas, decreasing the body’s ability to flush out this waste. Tight muscles are probably what prompted you to make a massage appointment in the first place! Massage helps to relax tension in your muscles, improving circulation around the muscles and allowing metabolic waste to be dumped into your system. Drinking provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate the newly liberated waste!
2) Drinking water can replenish your immune system
Health professionals aren’t exaggerating on getting your eight glasses of water a day, it really is a vital part of your body’s functioning. If you want to avoid feeling light-headed and dizzy after your massage treatment, then you need to drink a glass of water before and after your massage. Help to boost the detoxifying effects of a massage and keep the fluid’s running smoothly through your body by drinking plenty of water. Completely avoid alcohol and caffeine before and after your session as it will negatively affect the benefits of massage.
3) Post-Massage Soreness & Malaise
Post massage soreness and malaise is a common side effect of massage therapy. PMSM occurs when the massage techniques used, removes a build-up of lactic acid (also known as a muscle ‘knot’) caused by injury or strenuous exercise. The post-massage soreness and malaise (PMSM) experienced after a massage treatment can be noticeably reduced if you keep hydrated. If your massage therapist has been focusing on an injured or particularly sore body part, then you can prevent excessive soreness by staying refreshed and hydrated.
No matter which massage treatment you have booked in for, you’re sure to be adequately prepared if you keep post-massage meals and snacks light and drink plenty of water before and after your massage treatment.
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