Hydration and activity seem to be the key elements in a body that is highly responsive to massage and bodywork. Time and time again I see that the clients who stay well hydrated and regularly active experience the most change in their body during massage. They also seem to be the clients whose bodies hold the work for longer periods of time.
So, what’s the magic water formula? Everyone is different, of course, but the best recommendation I have heard came through a client, who got it from her PT. Basically: What is 1/2 your body weight? Now put “ounces” on the end of that number, and you have the minimum amount of water you should drink.
So, I weigh about 150, therefore I should drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water per day.
Or, if you want to keep it simple, just drink at least two liters (TWO LITERS!?!) of water per day and move continuously for a half-hour every day.
A body that is used to being used tends to “understand” massage better during a session and to love the work that much more. Plus, you’ll just feel better all around. Right? Right!
- Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.