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.

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