Myths about massage

There are many people who don’t believe that massage can help them. They believe the myths that are out there surrounding massage therapy. Let’s take a look at some of those myths and debunk them for you.

All massage is basically the same

This is absolutely not true! Check out our service menu or blog on different types of massage for more information. There are many different types of massage and massage techniques to help you reach your wellness goals. In short, there is deep tissue, hot stone, cupping, Swedish/relaxation, lymphatic drainage, Shiatsu, Reiki, and the list goes on. A good practitioner will curate a customized treatment made just for you.

Massage spreads cancer cells

Ok, folks. Let’s think about this for a moment. In order to spread cancer cells from outside the body, you would have to smash a tumor. That is highly unlikely from massage. In fact, massage can help cancer patients ease the pain and nausea associated with many cancer treatments.

You can miscarry after massage

Again, that’s a big nope from us. Unless you are having a high risk pregnancy where massage is not recommended by your OB, massage is perfectly safe. Some practitioners even specialize in prenatal massage. It is done in a very gentle way and you are positioned so there isn’t stress on your growing belly. Massage can ease the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Weight gain, loosening ligaments, back pain, and other not so glamorous things that happen during pregnancy will be alleviated. For those with gruesome morning sickness, there are ways to help ease the nausea. Many women who choose to deliver naturally will have a doula or their partner perform massage on them to ease the pain of labor. Some women experience a good amount of swelling during and after pregnancy and lymphatic drainage techniques will reduce the fluid retention.

Massage can’t help migraines

Ask anyone who has had massage for migraine headaches and they will tell you that it absolutely does help! Applying pressure to trigger points in the neck, shoulder, head and face can release muscle tension and interrupt pain signals, thereby alleviating or reducing the migraine pain.

Never interrupt your massage even if it hurts

Massage is meant to help you feel better; therefore, if something hurts you must communicate that to your massage therapist. Our therapists are very good about communicating with you throughout the massage, checking to see if the pressure is ok or if you are comfortable.

The Truth

Hopefully, we’ve cleared up any misconceptions you may have about massage therapy. Our therapists are always more than willing to answer any questions you have. In response to those who say massage is “just a bunch a boohocky” I say “don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!”