If you’ve ever gotten a massage, whether it was for relaxation, to treat an injury, or to relieve some stress, chances are your massage therapist told you to drink a lot of water after the appointment. Have you every wondered why they tell you this? Well, wonder no more!
Massage helps to relieve tight muscles that have been overused and can cause circulatory issues in those tight areas. Massage relaxes tension, releasing the circulatory pathways. This is where the myth of “massage gets rid of toxins” comes into play. Is doesn’t get rid of toxins but it does help the body to active the natural process of bringing that waste into the system the way it was designed to, therefore, creating the need to drink water and get rid of that waste.
Massage also causes dehydration from moving the muscles around, similar to exercise. Do you ever feel sore after a massage? That’s probably because the massage moved the muscles from a tense to a relaxed state working the muscles to get fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads towards your kidneys. This is why a lot of people have to use the restroom immediately after their massage.
So when your massage therapist suggests that you drink plenty of water after your visit, this is the reason why and how it will complete the repair you are ultimately in there for.
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