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.
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 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
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!).
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.