We all hear frequently from those in the medical field that our bodies are made up of mostly water. We’ve been told that we should be drinking on average eight (8) glasses of water a day. When we have some form of imbalance in our system, it seems it is always recommended that we increase our intake of water.
Let me share the reasons a massage therapist should always offer you water before and/or after your massage.
When we are working on you and find adhesions and hypertensity (too much tension) in your muscles, what we are finding is the fluids that normally keep those muscles healthy, supple, elastic, separate from one another, have become more gel-like and solidified. The individual muscles that normally work together, are now sticking together, causing imbalances, restrictions and usually discomfort or pain. You perceive these adhesions and hypertonicity as pain, release, feeling of tightness, or major relief while we are working on you. When this happens, in general, it is a sign that you need to increase your water intake.
The reason we want you to drink more water the day of the massage is due to the increase in circulation immediately after your massage. All systems have been affected by this massage and need that life-source called water to keep the flow of the system.