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Why Drink Water After a Massage?

January 6, 2011

water pitchers at milk + honey spaHave you ever wondered why you are told to drink extra water after a massage? Your therapist is not just honing a nurturing instinct or lecturing you on good health.When your muscles are manipulated during a massage waste materials and other toxins are released from the muscles and into the blood stream. Just like when you exercise, massage, especially deep tissue or sports massage, dehydrates muscles and removes electrolytes. In order to help your kidneys process and flush out these toxins, it is important to drink additional water. Water will help prevent unnecessary soreness, possible nausea, and an overall sluggish feeling. Your body is happy to get rid of all the “junk” it has been storing but you need to help it along with extra H2O. Keeping your muscles hydrated regularly helps keep the tissue supple and healthy reducing tension and spasm.

There is debate about the actual amount of water that is considered the right amount. A good way to know you are hydrated is to make a point to drink your 8 glasses a day and if your urine is clear then, you are hydrated. If you are already a pro at staying hydrated, then go ahead and tack on an extra 3-4 glasses of water after a massage. Every body is different so you might have to test it out and see how much is enough for you. If the day after a massage you are stiff and fatigued, add on a couple more glasses the next go around. You will find your body feeling renewed and rejuvenated. You can sip it milk + honey style by adding cut citrus or cucumber to your glass.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Melissa June 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Thankyou for posting on drinking water after a massage. Its important to drink water in ounces . Say you weigh 200 lbs then you should drink 100 ounces of water daily. You drink half in ounces according to what you weigh. I am a former nurse and a licensed massage therapist and I had great education! I love massages! Who doesn’t right?!

  • Reply Adriane Garrett May 10, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    what about drinking milk after a massage? Does it do anything? help? The reason I ask is because after my massage I had some dinner and then when I got home went for dessert which included choc milk; It got me to wondering if milk is a healthy thing after a massage.

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