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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

The Benefits of Drinking Water After Your Massage

One of the biggest mistakes clients make is not drinking enough water before and after a massage. H20 consumption is vital, not only due to the dehydrating process of a massage but also because of the many other benefits drinking water regularly can provide.

Pouring water into a glass
We’re 60% water ourselves.

Drinking water before a massage.

I have found that clients that drink water before a massage are not as stiff as clients who don’t. This is because drinking water allows your muscles to be easier to manipulate and can make the massage more enjoyable. It also helps prepare your muscles to release toxins and negative energy, such as metabolic waste and Lactic acid. I don’t recommend drinking too much water beforehand though as that may interrupt the session with a much-needed trip to the bathroom.

Drinking water after a massage.

A massage is a dehydrating process and evidence supports that rehydrating after a massage is extremely important as it helps you flush out everything that was released from the muscles during the massage. Although most of the toxins will leave your body normally, good ol’ H2O prevents these elements from being partially reabsorbed by your body and building back up quickly. Studies by experts also say that post-massage rehydration also helps prevent soreness on the day afterward, which is why I always offer the client water after a massage to get them started on their water journey.

Drinking water
The rule of thumb is you should drink at least 8 ounces of water a day, but it depends on your size.

Drinking water is good for you!

Staying hydrated will assist you to stay at the appropriate balance of body fluids (60% for the average adult). This is important because drinking enough water may provide some of the following benefits:

  • Increase brain function
  • Stave off headaches
  • Improve mood
  • Improve memory
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Flush toxins
  • Prevents many skin problems

Summary

After you receive your massage, immediately drink a glass of water, additionally, I recommend that when you head back home, you drink another full glass of water. Coconut water is another great way to quickly hydrate, gain vitamins and other health benefits. But nothing beats delicious earth juice (water!).


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Lifestyle

The Importance of Exercise in a Healthy Lifestyle

Exercising is the keystone to living a fulfilled life. Active movement provides benefits such as controlling your body fat ratio, increasing your passive energy levels, helping you sleep better, supplying dopamine and decreasing your chance of a myriad of potential health issues!


The short-term benefits of exercising.

As a massage therapist, I always recommend people get enough exercise.
Jogging on stairs is a great way to trim up that booty!

When you get tired from exercising your brain tells your body to store a little more energy in the future so that you won’t get tired as quickly, and over the course of weeks of exercise, you will have significantly increased your passive energy levels. Getting tired from exercise provides you with another benefit, better sleep! Even a quick workout every day can encourage better sleep patterns as well as give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of your day. When you exercise, your brain produces dopamine, which is a key chemical component in making you feel happy.

The long-term benefits of exercising.

Remember to stretch before a run!
Remember to stretch before a run!

Exercising isn’t all about your body feeling good though, it also helps defend against developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis and many more! That doesn’t even include the inundating amount of research from experts supporting the fact that exercise makes you less likely to get sick.

How much should you exercise?

Most professionals recommend about two and a half hours of exercise at the minimum, spread out over the course of one week. That would only have to be 30 minutes of getting your heart rate up five days of each week. Of course, exercise responsibly. If you have heart conditions or asthma you may want to consult with an expert so find out how must exercise is good for you and remember to hydrate.

So, take a bike ride around the neighborhood, plan on a few laps in the pool or visit a park for a walk! It not only is a great change of pace, but it is also good for you!

Every day I do yoga, get some cardio and weight-lifting in. This provides me with a clear head for work problems and allows me to set an intention for the day.


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Uncategorized

Where on the web is Eric?

Here’s a list of the various accolades and websites that list Eric among their ranks.

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I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010

That’s it for now! More will be added later.

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Modalities

CBD Oil Benefits for Massage

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant which can provide immense relief to humans and even pets! At my studio and upon request, I integrate CBD oil into my massage for those who have increased inflammation or pain.


Deep Tissue

ABOUT CBD

Since 2900 B.C., Marijuana and its key ingredient, Cannabidiol (CBD), has been used to treat pain and inflammation.

Our bodies contain an intricate system called the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in synchronizing a variety of functions including how we sleep, eat, feel pain and respond to sicknesses.

We naturally produce endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters which attach to cannabinoid receptors in our nervous systems. Studies have shown that CBD helps reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.


This may help alleviate joint or muscle pain, reduce inflammation in your skin or tissues and reduce anxiety or depression

How can CBD help me?

I add CBD as oil to my massage cream which I use in sessions upon request.

This may help alleviate joint or muscle pain, reduce inflammation in your skin or tissues and reduce anxiety or depression. You may also purchase some topical balm, oil or bath salts at my studio which contain CBD (and 0% THC) for you or your pet.

If you would like to try out cupping therapy, just text me at (208) 254-1982, book a massage and ask specifically for CBD to be included! I add it free of charge, along with hot stones, reflexology and essential oils (upon request).

– Eric LMT


About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience the massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.