Simple Health Acupuncture's Blog

In our blog we will discuss many wellness topics such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, natural cosmetic treatments, pain management, mental health, lifestyle and healthy living. We hope you enjoy reading. 

It’s probably safe to say that massage therapy is universally seen as being good for you.   Most people will agree that massage will leave you feeling relaxed, maybe a little looser, an increase in range of motion. What often goes misunderstood about massage therapy, is that it can, in fact, be therapy. Not just for relief from pain or stress, but so many other conditions. An added bonus, no negative side effects. If someone approached you and said that there was a treatment for what ails you and the side effects were relaxation and pain relief, you’d probably be eager to learn more. Let me shine some light for you.

When I was given the task of writing my first blog on the subject of the importance of drinking water after massage therapy, I thought it would be simple. For nearly fifteen years I’ve been a massage therapist and recommending increased water intake post therapy was a no-brainer. It never occurred to me to question what toxins we were claiming to be moving through the system. To me, it was logical, there was no reason to question such an innocuous suggestion. So why wasn’t this task as simple as I had anticipated? Well, regardless of my perceived understanding of this water-drinking legend, I still felt that sufficient research must be done to substantiate this claim. After all the research was done, it was time to reevaluate everything I had learned about drinking water. I feel that at this point, I have a much more comprehensive understanding of what is really going on physiologically and I’d like to share that with you.

Before attending yoga teacher training, I had heard yoga instructors say to refrain from drinking water if possible during practice. I never understood why, and tried to do as the teacher said, although in Bikram and other hot yoga practices sometimes I felt if I didn’t take water that I would pass out, and so reached for my bottle. I always felt the practice seemed even harder after that sip, but I listened to the way I felt and drank.