Why it’s important to drink water after a massage…

20110427_head_sun_care_protectiveIf you’ve ever had a bodywork session, you’ve most likely heard your therapist recommend you “drink extra water to flush out the toxins.”

 

There are two the main reasons for this:

 1. To help the body recover, especially if there were some spots where the therapist had to work extra-long in a particular area.

Muscles become “stuck” due to lack of hydration; the fibers stick together and form knots. Rehydrating your body while it’s still in a relaxed state helps to thin your blood a little bit so the nutrients in water can easily be captured by the muscle tissue.

2. To eradicate the toxins that have been released in your body.

This may sound a bit sinister, but when toxins are referenced, we’re talking about many things: the natural buildup of stress, hormones, self-inflicted toxins (smoking, soda, bad diet, etc.), lack of movement throughout the day, medications. When you receive a massage the circulation in your body is increased, and when those stuck muscle fibers release their tension they let go of those toxins into the bloodstream. Toxins then travel down to the kidneys to be filtered out of the body. So, you can see where water will help speed up the system!

 

A general recommendation for water consumption is half your body weight in ounces. So a 150lb person should consume 75oz a day.

There are easy ways to make water more tasty as well; you can add some fresh fruits & herbs (watermelon and mint – delicious!) or even some food-grade essential oils. Citrus water is very refreshing on the hot summer days!

 

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