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Demystifying These Massage Myths

June 19th, 2014 • Posted by Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage • Permalink

We'll say this for myths: they're good for entertainment value. How many people have scoured the photographic "evidence" of the Loch Ness Monster, hoping that it may be true? You know that account of dropping a penny from the Empire State Building and killing someone below, or how the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space? They're fun stories, but neither are true.
It seems that if we hear the same thing repeated often enough, we accept it as the truth. Let's just call it the "danger of gossip." Consider us your gossip busters as we expose the myths surrounding massage therapy.

Myth 1:

You can tell how good a massage is by how sore you are the next day.

Truth:
If you are very sedentary, you may feel a little sore due to trigger points on your body being worked. However, if you're a relatively active person and are very sore the day after, your massage was too rough. There is no truth to the rumor that a massage must be painful in order to be effective. If you're holding your breath, counting to 100, or attempting to control the pain of a massage in any other way, your therapist must be told. Don't assume that your practitioner knows how you're feeling. Speak up. We really don't want to cause you pain.

Myth 2:

A small statured massage therapist is unable to perform deep tissue work.

Truth:
It's all about hitting the right spots and utilizing proper leverage. A well-trained practitioner of any size knows how to use to their own body type to accommodate your needs.

Myth 3:

Massage can induce labor.

Truth:
If this myth were true, there would be a long line of very pregnant ladies waiting their turn. A massage therapist trained in prenatal massage can help you relax and rejuvenate at any point in your pregnancy. As much as a mom-to-be in her ninth month of pregnancy might long to believe it, there really are no trigger points that can jump-start the labor process.

Myth 4:

Your massage will primarily involve moving muscles.

Truth:
One of the beauties of massage is that it can stretch those tight, stiff areas of your body. You know how a pet stretches out as you massage him? That's because the motion of massage works the fascia, bones, and even organs of his body. Your massage therapist will do the same for you, helping to increase your circulation and moving nutrients through your body. Yes, you may leave with muscles that feel like jelly, but it was an entire body workout you received.

There's a good reason so many people have regular massages. They simply want to be more relaxed, limber and better able to take on the world. Call and schedule your appointment today.

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