Why Do You Have to Drink Water After a Massage?

A professional massage will give you many benefits. It will help relieve pain, relax tense muscles, and improve posture.

An hour-long massage by a massage therapist will also help you drop most of your stress.

You will feel light and buoyant, as well as happy and peaceful, after your massage session.

Drink Water After a Massage

One piece of advice, we always give our readers is to drink at least one glass of water as soon as they get home, after a session. We also recommend that they drink water throughout the day, often a little more than usual.

There are two reasons why we make this suggestion:

The first is that a massage is dehydrating and dehydration can lead to health problems.

The second is that a massage releases a large amount lot of metabolic waste that must be flushed out of the body. 

A Good Massage Is Dehydrating 

One Glass of Water after a Massage

A masseuse will press, pull, and stretch out your muscles.

This kneading action on the muscles pumps fluid out of the soft tissues into your bloodstream and lymphatic system. From there it travels to your kidneys to be eliminated out of the body.

Since metabolic waste will travel straight to your kidneys, you will feel a strong urge to urinate after massage. You will also find yourself urinating far more often than usual during the rest of the day. 

Since you will be urinating so much, you will need to drink plenty of water to continuously replenish all the water that was lost. If you don't drink enough water, you will get dehydrated. 

Why A Good Massage Releases Metabolic Waste

Massaging releases metabolic waste. Muscles produce high lactate levels as they work during the day. This, in turn, increases the acidity in their cells.

When these muscles become tight, they get knotted and metabolic waste accumulates in them. In other words, the constriction in your muscles, traps the metabolic waste, restricting it from entering into the circulatory system and then out via the excretory system.

Since you probably go for massage to relieve the pain caused by constricted muscles, chances are high that you have a lot of areas where metabolic waste has accumulated in large muscle groups. 

Massage will relax all this built-up tension, release toxins, and improve blood circulation. It will allow the nitrogenous material to now start dumping out of your system. 

By drinking plenty of water, you are giving your kidneys an opportunity to effectively move out all this accumulated metabolic waste. This process of flushing out metabolic waste will happen throughout the day, so you must drink plenty of water to help your kidneys do their work. 

Conclusion: A Word From the WellnessCouncil

The benefits of a massage are not just experienced during the massage or shortly after it, but throughout the rest of the day. 

After a long, deep massage your body will flush out a tremendous amount of metabolic waste and you will urinate frequently throughout the day. If you don't drink water, you prevent your kidneys from doing their work. So, the sooner you begin drinking water, the sooner you'll begin to experience the health-giving benefits of massage. 

Since water is essential for life, you should make it a habit to drink as much water as necessary to maintain your good health. However, your body will need more water after massage, because it will help your kidneys to continue the process of detoxification for as long as necessary.