In keeping with the analogy outlined in ‘Why Massage?,’ a sponge (a.k.a. tissue/muscles) can only become as
clean as the purity of the water in which it is rinsed. Just like replacing the sink water would be necessary to properly
cleanse that sponge, replacing or replenishing the fluids circulating through our body is a must for our tissues/muscles,
especially following a massage. Whatever was stagnant, has been physically loosened and freed up, like jarring the clog from
the sponge. Massage
causes the cleansing process to happen at a faster rate. Now it’s up to
the organs to process, remove and eliminate.
We heal best when we sleep
- hence, it is normal to feel tired, on top of relaxed, after a massage. If it’s been a while since your last session,
you may find that you’re extra tired. This is a strong indicator that your body needs more water.
It is also normal for frequent bathroom visits following a massage. Urine
may be darker.
In fact, if you find yourself
getting a headache, this is your body basically ‘requesting’ water. This is due to the increased amount of metabolic
waste being removed and/or transported out of the body. These toxins need a way out.
Think back to when you were a child playing in the mud. If you wanted to
thin out the mudpie, you’d add more water. Well, if you want the toxins in your body to thin out, enough to pass easily
out of the body, then you need to add more water.
Keep in mind, it is important to stay well hydrated, consistently,
not just following a massage.
~ is required for muscles, organs, joints, cartilages
~ cushions and protects vital organs
~ keeps us lubricated and supple
~ allows for proper blood flow
and lymphatic drainage
~ is necessary for oxygen and nutrient exchange, allowing blood flow through the smallest of capillaries
~ is essential to remove metabolic
waste, flushing toxins out via urine and sweat
~ regulates body temperature
~ helps to prevent muscle
~ can help prevent a heart attack
~ gets more oxygen to the brain
~ keeps you alert
~ helps with weight loss
~ increases fat burning
~ curbs hunger
~ aids digestion