The Importance of Hydrating

Muscles Respond Better to Therapy When Hydrated.

Drinking water before your massage is just as important as drinking water after. Water is one of the most important nutrients you can ingest. Muscles are made up of more than 70% water. All muscular contractions and protein synthesis takes place under water. Dehydration causes the body to pull water from the muscle and put it back into the blood stream. This inhibits skeletal muscular growth, increases your risk for injury, muscular cramps, pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

How does Massage Therapy help?

Massage increases circulation and blood flow, among many other benefits. Muscle tightness can cause a “block” (also known as a knot or trigger point) which can prevent parts of the muscle from receiving the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Muscle tightness can be caused by stress (emotional or physical), physical activity, lack of physical activity, distress and injury. Your massage therapist may attempt to break apart or separate your muscles, which allows proper circulation and nutrients to be delivered to the area that was previously “blocked”. Drinking water after your massage helps the body circulate nutrients needed and also helps flush the body of harmful toxins, or chemicals, that were released.

How do you know how much water you need to drink?

It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces of water (example: a 150 lb person should drink a minimum of 75 ounces daily). You want to create a balance between not being thirsty and not spending too much time in the restroom.