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Why Water?

Why Water?


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.

 

Water:


~ 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 cramps

 

~ 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 

Drink before you're thirsty.
Thirst is a signal from the body that it is already on its way towards dehydration. 

Hangover FYI

 

We all know alcohol is a diuretic, which means there will be increased urine production. But did you know that it also suppresses reabsorption of fluids? It’s no wonder our life-of-the-party night leaves our brain feeling much like a dried out sponge - a.k.a. that splitting headace.


To help avoid overworking our kidneys and liver, drink in moderation. Be sure to alternate alcohol beverages with a glass of water, and stick with light colored alcohol - the darker tend to breakdown differently, as explained in 'The Science of Hangovers,' causing a more intense hangover.