Why do I need to drink water after a massage or facial?
Our blood is approximately 83% water. The blood, muscles and organs all need proper water balance to work effectively. Water is vital to the flow of blood, which serves as a delivery system for oxygen and nutrients to the body.
Water also transports metabolic waste products and toxins out of the body in the form of urine. It is thought that one of the benefits of massage is metabolic waste products are released from your muscle tissue into the blood stream for removal. Drinking water after a massage aids in flushing out these waste products from your body.
Massage also loosens tight muscles and gets out any “kinks or knots” that constricts blood flow even more. Blood flow will immediately increase to these areas and bring with it oxygen, nutrients, and fluids. Any water that is transferred to the muscle tissue comes directly from your blood stream so fluid replacement may help reduce soreness and inflammation.
Facial treatments not only work on the muscles in our forehead, head, neck and face but they are designed to clean, purify and heal our skin. The same thoughts exist regarding water flushing metabolic waste products out of your system but water also plays a critical role in cell regeneration following a facial treatment. As dead skin cells are sloughed off or exfoliated, good hydration goes right to work in reducing inflammation and building new cells for glowing skin.