FACT or FALSE? 5 Basic Myths about Massage DEBUNKED
Side effects, decorum, what it does, how it works -- you’ve probably heard a lot of “facts” about massage, but not all of them are true. There is a lot of misinformation in the world of massage, and at Mythic Massage, we feel our clients deserve to know fact from fiction when it comes to how they address their health. After all, we may be Mythic, but that’s how we want you to feel, not how we want you to be informed. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the basic myths you might hear about massage and the realities behind them.
#1. You should be sore after a massage, or else it wasn’t effective. FALSE!
It’s surprising how many people believe that you have to be sore after a massage if it was effective. If you’re not sore, it didn’t do anything? No, not true. Not all massages need to be heavy pressure massages to do your body good. Aside from the fact that massages for relaxation definitely shouldn’t be painful or cause soreness, massage to help with pain relief, performance, athletics, and prenatal can all be done without excessive pressure and pain. Quality massage therapists know that it’s about how well you manipulate muscles, not how hard.
#2. Massage releases toxins from the body. FALSE, BUT….
This one is a bit weird. The way people think of it, no, massage doesn’t release pockets of toxins trapped in your muscles. In fact, removing toxins and waste is actually a process your body does on its own (so detoxes aren’t really necessary either; see Harvard Health for this one). However, massage does have a number of other health benefits, such as improving blood flow, which can help your body’s natural ability to flush waste.
#3. You shouldn’t interrupt a massage therapist. FALSE!
When you’re getting a massage, you may want to just sit there and take whatever the massage therapist doles out, trusting that they know best. While this may not be the worst approach, it’s important to know that it is okay and sometimes important that you speak up. Massage isn’t something that should just be done to you. It should be something that you have agency over -- it is, after all, your body and your time. You can stop a therapist and give feedback at any time. Moreover, if you feel any pain or discomfort, particularly if it’s causing you to hold your breath or tense up, you should tell your massage therapist. There may be something going on that they don’t know about!
#4. Massage only moves muscles around, and the results are temporary. FALSE!
Massage may manipulate the muscular system, but it does so much more than that. Trained massage therapists are able to maneuver fluid around the joints (helping alleviate stiffness) and they can also help stretch the tissue that connects your muscles, skin, bones, and joints (called fascia). If the fascia is tight, it’s going to hinder your ability to move and function in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways. If you want to dig into the science of fascia, check out this article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
#5. All massages are the same. FALSE!
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only are there various kinds of massages (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, trigger point, shiatsu, etc.), but a good massage therapist won’t have a formula that they follow for every client every time. A well-trained massage therapist probably won’t use just one method if more are needed, and they will adjust based on your needs.
At Mythic Massage, we know that everybody is different, and every body is different (see what we did there?). Cullen ensures that each massage is tailored to each client’s individual needs and preferences, and you’ll likely find that each time you come visit us, it’s a different, uniquely personalized experience. Come see for yourself how different massages can be. Book an appointment today or contact us at 704-323-6718 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We’d love to help the mythical you shine through!