Sometimes. Only sometimes I have a client who comes in and says "Gina, I don't understand. I was sore (or wiped out) the day after my massage."
First, being a little sore is NORMAL after a massage, especially if its been a while since you have had one. The soreness is kind of like the soreness after a quality workout and usually says au revoir in 24-48 hours. The WIPED OUT feeling is something different. Its usually due to dehydration.
"But GINA, I drink a big container of water every day."
How often have you gotten up from the massage table and had to (ahem) pee? We just finished an hour or longer of making your blood vessels bigger which transports more blood, oxygen and nutrients (faster!) to your body systems-- we have increased your circulation. I've always been taught that sodium and potassium help your muscles contract and relax the way they should. Knots and cramping often happen when they aren't doing a good job of that? Is it because partly of dehydration?
So when we work out a knot in a muscle, we are bringing fresh "food and drink" to the muscle. The food and drink has to come from somewhere in the body. Makes sense to replace it, eh? Water. If you don't have enough you will feel it in terms of feeling drained, maybe even a little feverish, sore, and fatigued. That's why your massage therapist always says to drink extra water after a massage. Forget everything you have ever heard about "toxins". Please. It's so last century.
You cells and body systems will also benefit from the electrolytes in a hydration drink. Not fake sugars mind you, but real honest to goodness drinks made from real ingredients, and mostly water. Remember Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium-- They are required for muscles to work, for muscles to relax and contract properly. Forget the fake food and fake news and give me something authentic, dammit. Here is one of the hydration recipes form our weekly newsletter.
Weekly Hello Hydration Recipe
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Cantaloupe, Honey, and Mint Water
½ c water
½ c honey
4 c (about 2 lbs) cantaloupe cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ c fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
¼ tsp salt
sparkling water or club soda
mint sprigs for garnish
Gina McCafferty is a licensed massage therapist, and heath coach who works with women in their peri and menopausal years who have 30 or more pounds to lose.