The Important Role of Water in Massage Therapy
How much water do you tend to drink on average in a day? Staying hydrated is crucial to maintaining health, but the recommended amount of water varies according to a host of factors. That being said, not getting enough water can contribute to stiffness and sore muscles – a symptom of dehydration.
Other symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Dry, flushed skin
- Muscle cramps
- Myofascial Pain
How does water intake affect massage therapy?
Water is energy for your body. It lubricates the joints and it’s what makes up the synovial fluid, the lubricating fluid between your joints. If your body is dehydrated even for a short period of time, less fluid becomes available to protect these areas and more painful symptoms can arise.
Drinking water makes it easier for the massage therapist to get deep into your muscles as well. It’s important to realize that when the body is fully hydrated, the blood is thinner and is able to move more efficiently to clean out muscle tissue.
When this happens, it makes room for nutrients to be absorbed better, and the muscle fibers separate. They are now fuller from hydration and are functioning at their highest potential – which means no more symptoms of fatigue like aches or pains will be present with the right upkeep!
After a massage, drinking water is always recommended because it will help your kidneys and other organs in the body flush out all the toxins that have been released. It doesn’t happen automatically – it comes with drinking lots of water.
Receiving a massage while properly hydrated is highly beneficial for your health as it allows the work to be done on an even deeper level. It can send your body into a deep state of relaxation that goes beyond the session.