After a Massage
An adult can live several weeks without food, however, we can
survive no more than about 10 days without water. Our body can only lose
about 10% of its water and still live. In general, our body gets
dehydrated very quickly. We lose about 2.5 liters of water every day,
which we can replace with fluids and foods we consume.
benefits from proper hydration and it is good to keep drinking water
without waiting to be thirsty. If you are thirsty, it means your cells
are already dehydrated. One clear sign of severe dehydration is where
your urine is a dark.
Drinking water before and after a massage is
highly recommended, as it makes your muscles a lot easier to
manipulate. During a good massage, your muscles will be stimulated and
blood is circulated rapidly throughout the whole body, and this is the
time where water, salt and other minerals are released. Having a glass
of water will definitely help your body dispose of any accumulated
materials in the muscles. A build up of such unwanted waste after
massage can mean muscle aches and soreness.
Also, many people do
not realize that massage can be dehydrating. The manipulation of the
muscles dehydrates the body and moves the fluid around in the
interstitial spaces between the muscles. It is similar to exercising;
you lose water and electrolytes when you exercise. By drinking lots of
water, you can reduce the chances of pain and soreness in the days
following a massage.
Last but not least, for some people, they may
feel a little disoriented after massage; having a glass of water can
help bring the body and mind back to the present. Drinking water after a
massage gives you time to return to reality and begin the next moments
of your life.
- Drink Lots Of Water - Especially for the Next
24 Hours - This is perhaps the most important rule of all.
Re hydration is a key to a healthy body, especially after a massage. Since
massage promotes lymphatic movement, drinking water and hydrating yourself
is a key to moving toxins through the kidneys and out of the body.
Drinking water is the best way to do this - and no, water in tea, coffee
and soft drinks doesn't count! Don't be surprised if you seem to have an
increased urine output, This is also
- Take A Bath - A nice warm bath is very soothing
after a massage, particularly with Epsom salts. Epsom Salts are just
Magnesium Sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxer. They are also
wonderful at drawing out toxins in the body, as is massage, so you may get
a sort of detoxifying effect which is very beneficial to the body. You can
get Epsom salts at most grocery stores or pharmacies. If you don't have
Epsom salts, don't worry - a nice warm bath will do just fine. Please note
that I said warm and not scalding hot! This is important because if you
have any inflammation in the muscles the excessive heat can serve to
exacerbate the injury. If you have a very sore muscle or injury, try icing
- Pay Attention To Your Body's Reaction To The
Massage -You may be sore after the massage.
This is normal with Deep Tissue massage, but it can happen with the more
gentle Swedish Massage as well. Sometimes you may not feel the soreness
until the next day. As mentioned before, massage is a sort of passive exercise.
If you are not one to get massages often, or do not exercise and are not
used to using the muscles, then they may respond with soreness. This
should only last for a day or perhaps two.
- Rest - You may feel tired, as if you want to
lie down and take a nap. This is completely normal, and you should listen
to your body. If you can, make sure you have nowhere to go and nothing to
do after your massage. This is your time to recover your mind and body and
it is your body's time to re balance itself and re-tune.
- You can help your therapist by stretching before
you arrive for your segment.
Remember anything that was particularly painful and report this to your
therapist at your next visit.
Following the above rules will help you to get so
much more benefit out of your massage and your
presence of mind will be that much more peaceful and invigorated. Always
remember, if you have
any questions whatsoever, be sure to call your therapist.