Ginkgo Spas offer a wide variety of spa treatments including a range of detoxifying treatments and massage treatments. When shown to the changing room you will notice that there is mineral water provided, water is also made available in the treatment rooms and once again after the spa treatment. This is not merely a courtesy but ensuring you are properly hydrated means that you will get the full benefit from your selected spa treatment.
How hydration helps in massage treatments
Tight and knotted muscles are a sign that there is limited blood flow and this constriction hinders the bloods ability to flush out the waste. Massage therapy increases the blood flow to the muscles and the skin. Being hydrated means that your circulation is better equipped to carry the oxygenated blood where it is needed and to take the metabolic waste away.
What and when to drink
When it comes to hydration use only water, pure and fresh without any added anything. Avoid coffee before the massage as caffeine is a diuretic and the last thing you need is a rapidly filling bladder while lying on your stomach getting your back massaged.
Likewise, avoid any soft drinks, sports drinks or artificially flavoured water. Drinking these types of beverages puts an additional strain on the system as the body has to filter out the chemicals and additives and the sugar and stimulants like caffeine prevent you from relaxing.
After the spa treatment top up your hydration levels with some more water before having a cup of tea or coffee. If you prefer the taste of flavoured water over pure water, then it is recommended that you use natural flavours, such as a few slices of cucumber, apple, lemon or even some ginger.