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What is Deep Tissue Massage?

This is a term for a type of massage that is used to target specific muscles or groups of muscles. Most people that have received this type of massage, have desribed it as painful. When you are in pain your muscles typically tense and do not allow a decrease in tension and, in effect, the massage is not affecting the deep tissue. Anatomically Specific Massage(ASM) is an apporach that I utilize to affect the deep tissue and it is not, and should not be a painful experience.  

 

 How much water should I drink after a massage?

It depends on why you think you should. In massage school, we were told to encourage our clients to "drink plenty of water after a massage". We were told that drinking water would help to flush the toxins from the system. This was wisdom from over 12 years ago and is a persistent myth in the realm of Massage Therapy. More recent research indicates that there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that you are flushing "toxins" from your body by drinking water after a massage. Our bodies are extremely efficient at disposing of, or recycling the by products of cellular activities.

I am a big fan of drinking water. It is a caloric free way for your body to obtain moisture. If you are thirsty, have a glass of water.