5 Massage Myths (and Why They’re Wrong)

Don’t let these myths stop you from getting the massage you deserve!

Myth #1 “A harder massage is a better massage.”

Good and effective massage therapy is all about applying the appropriate amount of pressure for the goal of the treatment. Certain massages, such as deep tissue massages, can be beneficial for tension or stiffness, however massage should never be so strong that it is painful. If your massage hurts, speak up!

Myth #2 “I shouldn’t feel sore the day after a massage. Something must be wrong!”

It’s actually very common for those who received a massage to feel some soreness in the day following. Some people may feel a bit sore the day after a massage, especially if it was for deep tissue manipulation, as the muscles are technically getting a workout while being stretched and worked. By the second day after your massage, the tenderness typically subsides.

Myth #3 “It’s unsafe for pregnant women to get a massage.”

Massage is appropriate for pregnant women as long as it is performed by a qualified professional and after the first trimester. Most medical experts agree that women should avoid being massaged during the first three months of pregnancy but go on to say that it is safe to receive a massage during the second and third trimesters. Research shows massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, symptoms of depression, and relieve muscle aches and joint pains. When in doubt, always ask your doctor!

Myth #4 “All massages are pretty much the same.”

There are many different types of massage and each type is tailored for specific massage needs. For example, deep tissue massage is a good option if you have chronic muscle problems. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety. Meanwhile, reflexology massage focuses on pressure points in your feet, hands, and ears. This is a good option if you’re uncomfortable being touched over your entire body. From cupping and Swedish massage to sports massage, there are many options to choose from.

Myth #5 “Massages only help your muscles.”

While massage is definitely beneficial for sore or stiff muscles it does more for your body than people may realize. Proper massage can improve blood circulation, stretch tightened areas of the fascia, move fluids to loosen joints, reduce swelling and make movement easier, and improve the flow of lymph, a fluid that normally moves through the body to fight infection. Massage really does the body good!

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