If you’re accustomed to getting long, deep massages, you’ve probably heard your therapist tell you to drink lots of water when you get home. Ever wonder why?
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is important year round but especially important during the summer months. When it’s hot outside, our bodies naturally need more water because we are usually perspiring more and are generally more active, using more energy.
One of the best things you can do to prepare for your massage is to start your day out with a tall glass of water. While you sleep, your body is busy working repairing and rebuilding your cells from the day before. By drinking a glass of water first thing, you jump start your metabolism and give your body the fuel it needs to start the day.
If you are going to be participating in any physical activities, its crucial to keep the water flowing. Muscles are about 70 percent water. When you are dehydrated, muscles can cramp and tighten causing pain and discomfort. Your massage therapist will be able to determine your level of dehydration from the way your muscles feel during your massage. Massages are dehydrating because when your muscles are worked on, it gets fluid pumping out of your soft tissue and into your circulatory system. Fluid then travels to your kidneys and other detoxifying organs where it carries toxins out of your body. It’s essential to replenish this water lost so your body can continue to detox and replace that water back into your cells. That’s why we encourage our clients to refuel their bodies not only before and after their therapy, but all day long. We know that your muscles and organs work best when they have they have the fuel that they need. Drinking enough water will keep you out of pain and feeling your best.
During the summer months, being dehydrated could also increase your risk for sun burns. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and helps regulate fluid. So when it’s burned or damaged, it can’t function properly. If you do happen to get too much sun, fear not. Our massage therapists can work around the damaged areas, but please be sure to let your therapist know ahead of time so they can accurately address the issue. Because the tissue may be sensitive, we gently massage the skin and avoid using deep tissue techniques. We also massage the skin with coconut oil and soothing essentials oils to promote healing and rejuvenation and help your skin repair it’s self more quickly.
At Nature’s Touch, we know that regular massages are a necessary component to any health routine but it’s more important than ever to make sure you are taking care of your body during these hot summer months. Come on in and cool down and schedule your massage today. Your body will thank you later.