After a long, stressful week at work or for some much needed “me” time, a massage is perfect for a bit of personal paradise. Your tight muscles finally feel loose for the first time in what feels like centuries. A massage can transport you to an oasis of momentary bliss, for which your body and mind will thank you. You leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Why Would Your Massage Therapist Say That?
After a massage, your therapist typically says to take your time to get up, where the restroom is located, and to drink plenty of water. But why would your massage therapist say that? The take your time to get up is obvious, but what about the other two?
Massages can be dehydrating. Fluid is worked out of the muscles and into the circulatory system and the kidneys. It is normal to have to urinate or feel extremely thirsty right after a massage. That’s why you are offered water or the use of the bathroom, therapists understand that’s how the human body works. They want to help you stay healthy and as comfortable as possible.
Here’s the science behind why you should drink water after a massage. Tight muscles hold onto lactic acid. A massage releases lactic acid and metabolic waste. Drinking extra water helps the kidneys eliminate this waste. This helps keep your system clean and healthy.
If you usually ignore the suggestion of drinking water after a massage, you should try drinking water next time. You can typically feel the difference.
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