Why You Should Drink Water Before and After a Massage
We all know drinking water is good for your health. From regulating your body temperature and blood pressure to improving your mood, memory, and productivity, water is foundational to our life. Most of us know it’s important to drink the recommended eight glasses of water daily. On the day of your massage appointment, make sure to increase your water intake, and drink water before and after your massage.
When your muscles are manipulated during a massage, metabolic waste is released from the muscles and into the bloodstream. Just like when you exercise, massage can dehydrate muscles and remove electrolytes. Water intake before and after your massage will prevent unnecessary soreness, possible nausea, and an overall sluggish feeling following your massage.
Prevents Muscle Soreness and Aches
Depending on the massage you get and the pressure used, a massage can lead to soreness. Drinking water prevents this soreness because it works to move waste from building up in your muscles.
Improves Muscle Hydration
A massage session can deplete your muscles of water by shifting the water from your muscles to interstitial space. If you are getting a deep tissue massage, your electrolytes may become depleted. Drinking water can help to regain proper cell hydration to maximize muscle tone and strength following a massage.
Helps to Clear the Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system is what is responsible for transporting wastes in your body for excretion. This system can get blocked by toxin buildup and infections. A massage clears waste from your muscles and circulates it into your lymphatic system. Drinking water helps to clear your lymphatic system.
Overall, if you ensure your body receives an abundance of daily water, your muscle tissue will remain healthier and hydrated, and ready to respond to every daily functional need. Be smart and kind to your body, and drink water before and after a massage!