“Why do massage therapists always tell me to drink water after a massage? And what are these “toxins” they mention?”
Massage stimulates the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is like the garbage pail of the circulatory system. It filters all the waste products out of your body.
(Which is why when you are sick, your lymph nodes swell because they are handling a lot of junk all at once)
Your lymph system doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system but the body naturally filters a certain amount through the lymphatic system throughout the course of the day when you walk around and move. BUT during a one hour massage, your body filters that ENTIRE amount that it normally would during a WHOLE DAY! Isn’t that cool??
So, you want to flush that stuff out, otherwise it’s like holding in your pee….the stuff that should be out, stays in and can cause muscle soreness or headaches.
This is also why:
*You may have to get up to pee during a massage or pee right after
*And why you should ALWAYS drink water every day to keep your lymphatic system happy and flushed.