Massage Myths – Part One

This is my first blog and my first thought is where did the word blog come from I mean really its weird, but I’m told I need to write them so I don’t suppose it really matters, and I am getting better with this internet stuff at least I no longer think LOL means lots of love and thats a start.

But I do know about massage so today we are going to talk about massage myths. Massage has been around for thousands of years, but myths about massage are still widespread. Even within the industry there are many varying opinions, this is just my point of view.

  1. A massage is a massage no matter where you go.

Not the case! 

Not only is there many different versions of massage and many different modalities every therapist works differently. Choosing the right massage depends on a few factors, and personal preference. There are many different types of massage, and each has their own benefits. For example, if you have lots of tension and knots, you might want to consider a Remedial trigger point massage with attempt pin point the source of the problem. 

Massage therapists have developed different kinds of effective techniques over the years to help people.  Finding a person whose skills, manner, and approach are compatible with your needs may take time, but the end result will be greater comfort and relaxation. You may have to try different therapists until you find the one that works best for you.  

2. Massage is only for pampering yourself.

Certainly not true! 

It used to be a common belief that massage was purely a form of pampering, without 

any remedial value.  However, more and more doctors are sending their patients to qualified massage therapist to aid in recovery or overall well-being.  It’s now known that massages from professionally trained therapists can:

  • Reduce soreness, stiffness in  muscles
  • Manage or relieve stress 
  • Assist in injury rehabilitation and recovery
  • Help maintain wellness or fitness
  • Relieve headaches

3.   Do not interrupt the therapist with questions or comments during a massage. 

Speak up!! 

A good massage therapist can do a lot of things, but reading your mind is not one of them. It is important that any concerns should be voiced before and during your session.  Let the therapist know how you feel, inform them of your preferred pressure and techniques to ensure that the treatment is tailored to suit your needs and expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should understand your treatment, and feel comfortable with it.

Remember, consent to treatment can be withdrawn at anytime if something is not quite right. You know what is best for you. 

A two-way conversation between client and therapist is the best way to get the ultimate massage.

4.   It is unsafe to get a massage while pregnant.

Not only is pregnancy massage safe, it’s great for mother and baby.

Pregnancy massage focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation relieving both physical and mental fatigue. 

A qualified pre-natal therapist focuses on certain areas to help relieve sciatic, back, and joint pain as well as reducing swelling. Massage also lowers the stress hormones allowing the mother to relax and be pampered. And the endorphins you release are passed onto the baby leaving both mother and baby with the feel-good high. So enjoy your massage!!!

5.   Massage is only for muscles.

Massage does more than manipulate muscles. 

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions with many ancient socialites convinced of its therapeutic properties, including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians. 

Massage therapy is a form of manual therapy that includes the kneading and manipulating the muscles through applying pressure to move the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia in order to relax the tissues and increase the flow of blood and oxygen increases circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system order to improve wellbeing and health.

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – brain chemicals or neurotransmitters that have positive effects on improved sleep, more energy, and a higher tolerance for dealing with pain. Plus being more relaxed definitely enhances our ability to cope with stress.

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