Why Drink Water After a Massage

Why Should I Drink Water After a Massage?

Drinking water after a massage has to do with substances released by the muscles as the massage therapist manipulates them, and with ensuring that the muscles of the body are properly hydrated.

Water after a massage helps the body flush out any accumulated materials in the muscles which were released during the massage.  Especially in the case of deep tissue massage, massage stimulates circulation in the body while expressing water, salt, and other minerals from the muscles, and circulation is designed to carry away waste materials otherwise, they might build up, causing muscle aches and soreness after a massage.

Most importantly, people should drink water after a massage because massage can be dehydrating.  The manipulation of the muscles depletes them of water, and also moves the fluid in the interstitial spaces between the muscles around.  By drinking water, people can rehydrate their muscles, reducing the potential for pain and soreness in the days following a massage.  For the same reason, people drink water after exercise and other forms of exertion, because when the muscles are worked, they lose water and electrolytes.