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Why is it Important to Drink Water Before and After A Massage?

Drinking water before and after a massage helps your body heal faster reducing pain and stiffness, but how much water is enough? Here, we discuss the ways in which keeping hydrated before and after a massage is important for your health and body.

Hydration Before a Massage

It’s recommended to drink plenty of water before a massage to both improve the experience of the massage and its aftereffects. Being properly hydrated before a massage can help to reduce muscle tension and stiffness, which can make the massage more effective. Think of how easy it is to manipulate, bend and twist a wet cloth compared to a dry cloth when the fibres have all stiffened up – this applies to muscles too. Muscles that are 'well-oiled' are more easily massaged. Hydration can also help to make the massage more comfortable, by helping to soften and moisturise your skin.

Additionally, hydration can help to improve blood flow, which can increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, and also help to flush out metabolic waste products such as lactic acid.  to stay hydrated as this can help to flush toxins out of your system and improve circulation.

Moreover, massage can have a positive impact on lymphatic flow, which is the movement of lymph, a clear fluid that contains white blood cells and other immune system cells, throughout the body. A massage therapist can use techniques such as light stroking, gentle tapping, and vibration to help move lymph and increase its flow. This can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. When the body is dehydrated, the lymph fluid becomes thicker and more difficult to move through the lymphatic vessels.

It is a good idea to drink water in the days leading up to your massage, as well as immediately before the massage to ensure that you are well-hydrated. For extra hydration take a bottle of water with you, so that you can take sips during the massage if needed.

What Happens If You Don’t Drink Water After a Massage?

If you do not drink water after a massage, you may experience some short-term effects such as feeling thirsty or experiencing dry mouth. It is important to drink water after a massage to help your body flush out any toxins that may have been released during the massage. Dehydration can also cause issues including:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps

The body's circulation is greatly improved by water, which in turn increases blood flow throughout the body. This provides the muscles with fresh blood and oxygen and enables the efficient removal of waste products from the muscles. In general, it is a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day, but it is especially important to drink water after a massage to support your body's natural processes and promote optimal health and well-being.

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How Much Water Should You Drink After a Massage?

There is no specific amount of water that you should drink after a massage, as the amount of water you need can vary depending on a number of factors such as your age, size, and activity level. However, it is generally recommended to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day to maintain proper hydration.

After a massage, you may be more thirsty than usual due to the increased circulation and lymphatic flow that occurs during the massage.  The massage process can also cause the body to lose fluids due to sweating and increased blood flow. Additionally, during a massage, muscle movement and manipulation can cause the body to release toxins, which can dehydrate the body.

Drinking water after a massage can help to replenish fluids and support the body's natural processes of removing metabolic waste. It is a good idea to drink water until you feel hydrated and to continue to drink water throughout the day to help your body flush out any toxins that may have been released during the massage.

Staying Hydrated with BRITA

At BRITA, sustainability is at the core. When purchasing a BRITA product, you will be contributing to the reduction of plastic waste and helping the environment. Our reusable water bottles are suitable for hot and cold drinks, perfect for storing your water when visiting your local gym or spa, and are available in a range of designs.

Discover our gym and spa water dispenser range.

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