Busting the Myths About Massage Therapy
Let’s get real about massage, busting the myths about massage therapy. Like with any alternative treatments, there are many misconceptions. Today’s topic is specific to massage therapy. Read on as we bust the 10 most common myths associated with massage therapy.
- Anyone can give a massage.
- A massage is a massage, it doesn’t matter where you go.
- Remedial Massage: Remedial massage therapy is the assessment and treatment of soft tissue dysfunctions (knotted, tense, or immobile) that cause pain and restrict human movement. The assessment helps the therapist identify which muscles are functioning incorrectly and muscle and postural imbalances. To help alleviate these dysfunctions remedial massage uses a range of techniques and movements (gentle, strong, deep or shallow). This helps to stimulate blood supply, making the joints more mobile and helps to repair damaged tissues. Inevitably, working to rebalance the body and contribute to optimal health.
- Relaxation Massage: Relaxation massage uses smooth, gliding strokes that aim to promote general relaxation, relieve muscular tension and improve circulation and range of movement. Compared to other therapeutic massages, it is slower in pace and a lighter pressure. The therapist can also target a few trigger points if desired by the client. Swedish massage is the best-known form of relaxation massage.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage employs a firm pressure that works specific muscles and tension areas. It can help to relieve muscle spasms and any associated pain whilst aiming to improve flexibility and posture. It is designed to help relieve severe tension in the muscle and connective tissue. It also allows the therapist to target more trigger points, while also focusing on the dense layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissues that surround the muscle).
- Sports Massage: Sports massage is an application of massage, not a massage technique. The type of technique or treatment applied is dependent on the nature of the stage of training or competition, sports injury or condition and the assessment of the remedial massage therapist. The aim of sports massage is to reduce the stress and tension that can build up in the soft tissue of the body that occur during exercise, helping improve performance, reduce the chance of injury and reduce the recovery time after an injury.
- Pregnancy Massage: We are fully equipped with a pregnancy massage bed, this means you can lay face down for your massage rather than on your side. This leads to the relaxation you need whilst having your massage. Please be aware pressure is decreased overall to approximately 4-6/10 intensity, due to your growing baby and hardworking circulation system.
- Do not interrupt the therapist with any questions or comments you may have.
- No pain, no gain.
- The sign of a good massage is soreness the next day.
- Massage gets rid of cellulite.
- The effects of massage are only temporary.
- It is unsafe to get a massage if you are pregnant.
- I don’t need to discuss my medical history with my therapist.
- Massage is too expensive.