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Myth: Water & Massage

Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Emily Ruth Lovelett.

If you’ve ever had a massage, there’s a good chance that your therapist advised you to drink lots of water afterwards.

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But why?

Drinking water, unarguably, is good for your health. But what is the connection to massage therapy?

The direct benefit- I do not know. And apparently, neither does research. The New York Times – Well blog wrote a wonderful piece on the myth and scientific evidence behind drinking water and massage here. The article relates water consumption to the belief that massage “releases toxins,” and therefore, water is needed to “flush out” the toxins. The article debunks both widespread misconceptions.

While adequate water consumption is linked to our health, as of today, there is no direct scientific evidence to support that water intake before or after your massage will increase or prolong the benefits of your massage. That said, scientific research does not tell the whole story. I believe that anecdotal evidence, or one’s personal experience, is just as valuable. If you feel better having water after your massage session, don’t let this little blog entry (or that of the Times) stop you.

As your massage therapist, I do know these two things:

-Water is refreshing. It can help wake up your mind and body after a relaxing session.

-Water is essential for life, for health. Often we hear that people are lacking the recommended amount of water in their diet. Sometimes all people need is a reminder. Hearing it from your therapist just might get you to drink an extra few ounces that day, and, maybe the next.

Thus, I can recommend, without propagating massage myths, to take a break. Pour a glass of water. Breathe in the moment, knowing you are consciously doing something good for yourself. Take a sip.


*This blog is meant to explore misconceptions relating to massage and health. Emily is not a licensed nutritionist or dietitian. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before making any changes in your diet.

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