Alcohol and Massage Don't Mix
A client recently discovered that, while massage is great and alcohol is great, these are two things that do not go great together.
Alcohol is a vasodilator, causing blood vessels to relax and expand. This increases blood flow, making the body more susceptible to bruising. In addition, alcohol interferes with the body's ability to make new muscle proteins, disrupts the production of Vitamin E in the liver, and interferes with vitamin absorption, all of which decrease recovery of muscle cells.
After a deep tissue massage, muscle soreness is natural. Adding alcohol to the mix will only amplify that soreness and increase your chances of bruising. In order to ensure you have the best possible deep tissue massage experience, I highly recommend avoiding alcohol altogether on the day of your massage.