Lorraine F. Chauvin, LMT
License # LA4565
Drinking water in general is a good idea, as the body greatly benefits from proper hydration.
There are many reasons to drink water after a massage but the primary reasons are flushing the toxins out of the body and replenishing the fluids flushed out with the toxins.
In the case of Deep Tissue massage, the massage stimulates circulation in the body while expressing water, salt, lactic acid and other minerals from the muscles and circulation is designed to carry away waste materials generated by cells. By providing the body with plenty of water, massage clients can sweep away these materials that might otherwise build up and cause aches and soreness after a massage.
Most importantly, You should drink water after a massage because massage can be dehydrating. The manipulation of the muscles depletes them of water. Drinking water helps to re-hydrate the muscles and thus preventing soreness.
Many people also like to drink water after a massage because it helps bring them back down to Earth. After a massage, people can feel a bit spacey and disoriented; having a glass of water while sitting on the massage table can help bring the body and mind back to the present, and it gives the client time to slowly return to the real world.