Truth: Drinking water after a massage is important and reduces soreness.
One way to boost your odds for not being sore the next day is increase your water intake after your appointment.
“It helps move out waste products that the therapist worked out of your muscles into circulation,” Versagi says.
Why is it important to drink water before a massage?
Massage stimulates circulation in the body. This increased circulation can cause acids and other wastes built up in your muscles to enter the bloodstream. Although this has a cleansing effect for the muscles, you need to flush the waste. Drinking water before and after a massage can help remove these toxins.
Is it bad to drink alcohol after a massage?
While they will work with customers who have had a glass of wine but are not drunk, massage experts recommend that you wait at least four hours after drinking alcohol before getting a massage. Long story short, (too much) alcohol and massage don’t mix well.
Should I be sore after a massage?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
What should you not do after a massage?
What you should (and shouldn’t!) do after a massage treatment.
- Drink water! I can’t stress this one enough.
- Eat. Yup, have a snack on hand to have after your massage.
- Rest. So, you’ve just taken some time out.
- Have a bath.
- Welcome any emotions.
- Notice your body’s reaction.
Are massages bad for you?
Massage therapy is quite safe, but nothing’s perfect. Strong, deep tissue massage causes the most trouble, of course. It may aggravate problems, instead of helping. Some chronic pain patients may be disastrously traumatized by intense massage (what I call a “sensory injury”).