Why Do You Have to Drink a Lot of Water After a Massage?
By Erik Parkin
If you have ever gotten a massage whether at a spa or the sports medicine facility, the massage therapist must have instructed you to drink a lot of water. Water is important because it makes about 60 percent of your body. There are several reasons why your massage therapist advises you to drink a lot of water after a massage session.
Healthy Muscles Tissue
Healthy tissues feel soft and allows the blood to flow throughout the vessels. Unhealthy muscle tissue can cause you pain. It is tight, compact and restricted in movement. The blood flow is restricted, and lymphatic flow is choked to the tissue by constricting of the capillaries. When you are not getting a proper flow of blood in an area, it can be deduced that there is an increase in metabolic waste with a decrease in the oxygen level and nutrient exchange in the body. During the massage, the therapists work in breaking the congestions that have formed in unhealthy tissues. When the areas are opened up; there is an increase in blood flow and restoration of muscle tissues to the original shape. During this process, the trapped metabolic waste in the tissues are released and are flushed out through the lymphatic system. The nutrients and water are delivered at a faster rate to the tissues. This process will make the body to use water from your bloodstream which will make you feel dehydrated or thirsty. Water is necessary to increase the use of oxygen and nutrients for this exchange in the process.
Lymphatic massage increases the output of waste products like wastewater, carbon dioxide, salt and other minerals in the body. The lymphatic system (responsible for maintaining your immune system) is a line of defense against pathogens. It partners with our immune system to serve as bodily waste disposal center. There is an increased amount of metabolic waste being processed and filtered through the kidneys which use most of the water in the body. If you are experiencing a feeling of nausea, or a headache, it indicates an increased amount of metabolic waste. Drinking water after a massage will help reduce the symptoms or even prevent it from happening. Deep tissue massage releases toxins from the muscles into the bloodstream. Without adequate water, the lymph system becomes sluggish and cannot do its job properly. It can lead to low immunity, aches, pains, and fatigue. The process of having water after a massage helps you replace water and nutrients in your body. Consuming water to the requisite levels can also keep your skin supple and youthful.
To drink water is a better alternative than coffee, soft drink or alcohol as these drinks can make you lose more fluid than you gain. While the reasons to recommend drinking water after massage may vary among the therapist, they do agree that water consumption after massage session will be certainly beneficial for you.
Massage therapy can also provide multiple benefits to you. So if you want to have a massage therapy in Calgary from a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), you may book your appointment with us today!