Someone asked me the other day what they should eat after a massage. What a great question! I jokingly said, ” Gosh, I hope it’s sushi!” That is after all what I crave after massage. Turns out my stomach hasn’t led me afar. I did some research as to what kind of foods would benefit your muscles after a massage. Most everything I came up with was water, water, water!!! I am sure my clients get tired of me pushing the water on them but it is with good reason. Just like after a workout, your muscles are tired. They’ve been moved around and manipulated. They’ve been poked and prodded , stretched and rubbed. What happens is that now all of those toxins from your everyday life that have been building up and stuck in your constricted muscles are rushing out. There is also a residual build up of lactic acid that is dying to be released. The water helps your body flush these out. A bit of detoxing without the diet if you will. But there are foods that you can eat to help your body continue to detoxify as well as return protein and vitamin D to the muscles. It seemed everything else I looked at came back to fish as well as foods such as garlic and ginger. The fish is extremely high in protein. ( Sardines being one of the highest, but Tuna not far behind) I’ll take the tuna thank you! Eel happened to be very high as well. As far as detoxing goes it doesn’t get more natural than ginger and garlic. Ginger is also an anti inflammatory and can be very helpful ( if consumed on a regular basis) for arthritis. Garlic relaxes the blood vessels and can help your body deliver the nutrients it needs faster. So what do all these foods have in common? Sushi. I knew it the whole time. Not only does it have the ingredients that your body craves after a massage it is also light and won’t way you down with overly processed breads and meats. If you are in the area and looking for a great ( and peaceful) place to enjoy some sushi after your massage check out Sakura Sushi. And don’t forget to order some water!