Getting an oily body massage is as healthy as it is stress-relieving, but it is not advisable to hit the massage table the morning after drinking.
Massages leave you dehydrated, which is why the masseuse offers a glass of water after a session. Thus getting a massage when the alcohol in your body is already making you thirsty is not a safe bet.
So why is getting a massage after drinking alcohol bad?
According to Dennis Frymire, a therapist at Massage Envy in Chicago, “Massage moves fluids in the body.”
“If you are dehydrated, that is only going to heighten the feeling of dehydration after.”
This means that getting a massage after drinking will only intensify any symptom of being hungover that might surface.
“I will have someone come in, and they will say that they have been drinking the night before and that they are hung over,” he said.
“You may feel great during the massage, but it may heighten your feelings of being hung over after the massage,” Frymire said.
Especially steer clear of something like a deep-tissue massage.
“After you get a deep-tissue massage, there’s always a bit of muscle soreness,” he said. “That’s natural.”
However, if you were intoxicated the night before, the soreness will only feel worse.
So as much as a massage is worth having, do well not to fill your body with booze few hours before it. Just like massages, drinking should be an enjoyable activity. You do not want to walk away with an uncomfortable experience after.
Never forget that moderate drinking will help your body get the best benefits from the liquor you are drinking.