Have you ever received a massage and not listened to your therapist about drinking a lot of water afterwards? I know that I am guilty! As a massage therapist myself, I should know better, right? Well, one day I was feeling particularly achy and decided to get a deep tissue massage from one of my coworkers. It was awesome and did the trick to help relieve me of my pain. After the massage, he did his whole speech about not forgetting to drink a lot of water today…one I’ve heard and said many times to clients. I got busy and simply forgot to drink more water than I usually do. A couple hours later, I started to feel really sick. I thought maybe I was starting to get the flu since I started feeling lightheaded, exhausted, and having dull body aches. I was dreading the fact that I am most likely coming down with something bad when I remembered that I didn’t drink much water after my massage. I immediately got a bottle of water and drank it. I would say about 30 minutes later, I started to feel much better. Needless to say, now, I never forget to drink a lot of water after a massage.
So, why is drinking water after a massage so important? When receiving a massage, especially if you have a “knot,” muscles are being kneaded, stretched, and manipulated. In a nutshell, when your muscles start to release tension, metabolic waste from the muscle is being released into your body. Drinking a lot of water helps the kidneys to flush this waste out of your body. Another important reason why water is so important after your massage is that it helps keep the muscles hydrated. Massages promote circulation and movement of fluids within your body. Water replenishes that lost fluid from your soft tissues.
So, the next time you receive a massage, take that extra time to drink plenty of water to make sure you are reaping all the healthy benefits.