Don’t go for a massage while you’re hungover
Don’t schedule that relaxing Saturday-morning massage the day after partying.
Why? Think of what happens right after you get a massage. Usually, the therapist will offer you water.
That’s because when you get a massage, you often feel dehydrated.
So coming to a massage hungover, when your body may already feel that way, isn’t your best bet.
“Massage moves fluids in the body,” said Dennis Frymire, a therapist at Massage Envy in Chicago. “If you are dehydrated, that is only going to heighten the feeling of dehydration after.”
In other words, you might feel even worse.
“You may feel great during the massage, but it may heighten your feelings of being hungover after the massage,” Frymire said.
So rethink that idea of the spa the morning after boozing.
Also, when you plan a weekend away, if you’re making dinner reservations as well as spa reservations, put a lot of time in between.
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.”
But a body filled with booze will amplify that soreness. Frymire notes that a massage should be enjoyable.
“We don’t want someone to walk away having had a bad experience with a massage,” he said.
Drink plenty of liquids. And give yourself an easy schedule before and after the massage.
Wear comfortable clothes to slip back into, he advised, to continue the feeling of being blissed out.
“That’s only going to help the massage last even longer,” he said.