Thinking about planning your next relaxing massage on a Saturday morning? You might want to watch your Friday night alcohol intake!
Massage stimulates the production of a number of hormones in the body (oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin to name a few). To produce these hormones the body requires an increase in fluid circulating the body. Relaxation and deep tissue massage moves fluids around the body and thus dehydrates you. This is why your massage therapist will always tell you to increase your fluid intake after your massage.
Now, a few Friday night drinks will cause you to become dehydrated and come Saturday morning when you’re a little hairy eyed, hungover, and very dehydrated your body is further dehydrated by the massage. With the left over booze still circulating your blood stream, muscle soreness is amplified and your body doesn’t get the best chance to heal.
The same thing applies to one innocent glass of wine or beer after your massage. Your body works as a whole and your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system are all stimulated by the massage. To add in alcohol on top of that, it’s just one extra thing your body has to process. A glass or two of alcohol can cause an increase in muscle soreness and this makes it difficult to tell if the massage was beneficial or not.
You’re paying good money for a massage and they can be incredibly effective for many reasons. Be mindful of your drinking before and after a massage so you can get the most out of your treatment!