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The Relationship Between Water & Massage

A recent client asked me why she was so dehydrated after her massage. Dehydration stems from the body’s water supply being directed to nourish cells as they work to expedite blood flow and toxin removal.

Replenishing our fluids after any workout or exertion is vital. Massage therapists are trained to offer water after a massage because the body uses water to facilitate increased blood flow and toxin removal. Water is integral to healing muscle tissue and aids in flushing out harmful toxins. 

Massage aids the body's balance or homeostasis through simple massage mechanics. It relieves hypertonic or tight muscles which place muscular pressure on surrounding nerve and vascular tissues. By helping the body attain an equilibrium, massage decreases our stress levels. It sends the body into a relaxed state, where the muscles previously firing on all cylinders, are recalibrated to idle at a reasonable and comfortable rate. This is sometimes such a dramatic change, that some people may respond to the massage with a temporary malaise or fatigue. This is why we offer water and advise our clients after a massage to take their time getting up or they might experience wooziness from arising too quickly.

So hydrate, drink plenty of water, and get regular massages. Your body will be glad you did. Massage is the ultimate form of #selfcare.

Quick reminder: this Saturday, April 6, 2024, is our Grand Opening Event. The first 10 guests will receive a free 10-minute massage. Come tour the massage studio, meet Kip, and put your name in a drawing for a free 60-minute massage. Refreshments and good hospitality will also be served. We hope to see you there!


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