Hydration & Remedial Massage

Ever wondered why your therapist always ends with “Make sure you drink lots of water!” ?

Maintaining adequate fluid levels in the body offers several benefits for both the client and the massage therapist.

Here are some key advantages:

  1. Improved Tissue Function:
    • Hydration enhances the elasticity and suppleness of muscles and connective tissues. This can make the massage more effective as the therapist can work with tissues that are more responsive and less prone to stiffness.
  1. Enhanced Detoxification:
    • During a massage, metabolic waste products and toxins may be released from tissues. Staying hydrated supports the body’s natural detoxification processes, helping to eliminate these substances more efficiently.
  1. Reduced Muscle Soreness:
    • Hydration can aid in minimising post-massage soreness. Massage can release tension and trigger points, which might cause temporary discomfort. Proper hydration supports the body in recovering and reduces the likelihood of muscle soreness after the massage.
  1. Improved Circulation:
    • Hydrated tissues have better blood circulation. This is important during a massage as increased blood flow helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and other tissues. Improved circulation also aids in the removal of waste products.
  1. Optimal Skin Condition:
    • Hydration from within contributes to healthy skin. Massage often involves the use of oils or lotions, and hydrated skin is more supple and receptive to these products. Well-moisturized skin also tends to respond better to massage techniques.
  1. Prevention of Dehydration-Related Issues:
    • Massage can sometimes lead to increased perspiration, and dehydration can be a concern if fluids are not replenished. Staying hydrated before and after a massage helps prevent issues such as dizziness, headaches, or nausea that can be associated with dehydration.
  1. Improved Energy Levels:
    • Dehydration can lead to fatigue, and massage itself can be a physically and mentally relaxing experience. Ensuring that the body is well-hydrated supports overall energy levels, making the massage session more enjoyable and effective.
  1. Enhanced Mental Well-being:
    • Hydration has positive effects on cognitive function and mood. Being well-hydrated before a massage can contribute to a better mental state, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

Remember – staying hydrated before and after your massage will help maximize the therapeutic benefits and ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Bottoms up!

~ Catriona Blake