Metabolism is the process of our bodies turning the food and liquid we consume into energy. Our metabolism slows at rest, so being mostly sedentary on a massage table for a given amount of time is by no means speeding it up. This can lead to a situation where a person can feel “massage drunk”, or disoriented following massage. The body is trying to metabolically process everything that just occurred, which takes time. One way to speed the process is by drinking water to stimulate your metabolism.
Keep in mind that the lower the water temperature is, the higher the energy required for your body to metabolize will be. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that within 10 minutes of drinking 17oz of water, caloric burn rate in both men and women jumped 30% higher than normal. This effect reached its peak 30-40 minutes after drinking and lasted over an hour. So, if your energy levels are feeling low, perhaps opt for a cool room temp drink of water instead of something ice cold.