Updated: Feb 7
Even though massage is popular and more people are embracing it, some misconceptions surround it. And today, I'm busting massage myths. Stay with me to the end.
1. Massage is Only Recommended For Those With Pain.
Fact: massage therapy has been used to relieve pain and offer other therapeutic benefits for so many years. However, you do not need to have the pain to receive a massage. Even healthy people need a massage to maintain their well-being.
Massage is like oil to your car, and you need it regularly whether you have pain or not. Check out reasons why you need a massage now.
2. All Massages are Equal
Myth: Massages are of different types and are not equal. Each modality has its advantages and uses different massage techniques to offer therapeutic benefits. That’s why before booking your massage; it is advisable to talk to a professional massage therapist to help you make the right decision.
3. You Must Feel Sore After a Massage Session for it to Work
Myth: Massages that involve deep tissue manipulation can leave you feeling sore, but the effects will disappear after a few days. However, lack of soreness is not a sign of a failed massage. Some modalities require light manipulation that makes you feel more relaxed.
4. If You Have Cancer and Receive a Massage, Cancer Cells will Spread to Other Parts of the Body
Myth: Cancer patients under medication experience some side effects, among them being nausea and fatigue. Most patients find it hard to carry out their normal activities. Oncologists recommend massage to help manage after cancer treatment side effects. So if you have been holding back from getting a massage because you are scared cancer cells might spread, it is high time you got one.
5. You Don't Need To Drink Water After a Massage
Myth: You don't need to feel thirsty to take some water after a massage. Therapists recommend taking water after a massage to help dehydrate the body, flush toxins, and build muscle tissues. Check out what you should do before and after a massage.
6. If You are Pregnant, You Should Not Receive a Massage
Myth: Massage is one of the oldest modalities which have proven to offer amazing benefits to pregnant women. When carried out by a professional therapist, prenatal massage can help manage the pain, balance hormones, and reduce stress.