Whether you’re enjoying an express massage or a full spa day of spoils, your therapist will tell you to drink plenty of water after your Myrtle Beach massage treatment.
A massage can have many benefits. Whether you’ve booked a massage as a way to reduce stress and anxiety, to help with joint function, reduce stiffness after exercise or reduce arthritis-related pain, a massage is dehydrating.
Working and kneading the muscles gets fluid pumping from soft tissue to the circulatory system, and then right toward the kidneys. That’s why you may find you need to urinate after your massage.
But, just why is hydration so important right after your relaxing treatment? Let’s discuss it.
1. Massages Dehydrate the Body
Your body is made up of 60% water. All that squeezing and kneading during a massage treatment releases fluids from muscle tissues and into the vascular system. That means you lose water during your massage; you need to replenish it. If you’re wondering just how much you ought to drink, we recommend at least half of your body weight in ounces a day.
2. Water Releases Waste
Drinking water after your massage gives your kidneys the hydration that they need to eliminate the newly released waster. All those knots that need soothing inhibit circulation where they form. In turn, this decreases the body’s ability to flush out waste. With the right massage techniques, the knots are massaged away, improving circulation and flushing out metabolic waste. Drinking water after your treatment helps your body flush out the waste faster.
3. Prevent Sore, Stiff Muscles
It’s pretty normal to feel a little sore after a massage, mostly in the areas that your therapist focuses on. As a result, drinking water after your treatment session may prevent excessive soreness. If you still feel extra sluggish after your massage, add an additional glass or two to your normal post-massage hydration routine.
4. Myriad Benefits
Water helps your body not to overheat. It heals you when you’re unwell, and it keeps your skin sup-ple. While the reasons for recommending water after a massage can vary, there are more than enough benefits to remind you to grab an extra glass or two after your session.
Hydration is generally better for your overall health. The human body loses water every day through urination, bowel movements, breathing, and perspiration. When you get sweaty during your mas-sage, it’s a good thing. It means that harsh toxins are being flushed out through your sweat.
As a result, you need to replenish lost fluids with healthy H2O.
You Should Also Hydrate Before Your Massage
It’s not just after your massage that you need to replenish lost fluids. Drinking water before your treatment session can help just as much as drinking water afterward. Again, it’s a way to boost the kidney’s ability to release toxins as the massage therapist works on your muscles, moving toxins away from the body most productively and healthily.
How Much Should I Drink?
When it comes to how much you should drink, it comes down to knowing and listening to your body. One way to know you are hydrated to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If your urine is clear, you’re hydrated.
If you’re already a dab-hand at staying sufficiently hydrated, try to add an extra 3 or 4 glasses of wa-ter after your massage. We’re all different, so you might have to test it out to find the right amount of water for you. If you feel fatigued and stiff the day after your massage, add a few more glasses the next time you head to the salon. You’ll find it leaves your body feeling rejuvenated.
Book your relaxing massages at Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach today.