Five Massage Myths Busted

You might think that you know all there is to know about massages – but some myths still seem to hang around, and we’ve probably heard them all.  Here are a few we hear all the time…busted!

Massage Can Spread Cancer

One of the biggest and possibly most enduring myths puts a lot of people off massage that could really benefit from it.  The myth is that having a full body massage can spread cancer because it stimulates your lymphatic system, which produces white blood cells to fight infections.

There is absolutely no evidence that cancer can be spread by massage.  Manipulation tissue in a way a massage therapist does won’t make tumour cells move, and not only is having massage therapy non-harmful to cancer patients, it’s actually good for most of them.

Don’t Get A Massage If You’re Pregnant

Massage is great during pregnancy, and the best thing is that it is perfectly safe in the 2nd and 3rd trimester and can be really beneficial.  having a massage won’t bring on early labour or miscarriage.  Even so, you should always tell your therapist if you are pregnant when you go for your massage so that she can adapt the techniques.  There are some treatments that aren’t recommended during pregnancy, so if you are wanting to book a heat treatment or sports injury treatment, let us know in advance.  Other than that – lie back and enjoy being spoiled.

Massage Therapy Releases Toxins

Massage therapy has many benefits, but although this myth is still repeated – it’s not true.  Massage doesn’t detoxify the body.  True toxins are things like mercury or lead which are dangerous to the body, and massage won’t help you if you need to eliminate any of those!  The truth is, your body is very efficient at filtering most waste products and unwanted substances out of your body using your lymphatic system, and ultimately by your kidneys and liver.

Soreness Is A Sign Of A Good Massage

Soreness is no indication of how good your massage treatment has been.  The amount of discomfort you feel the following day isn’t a badge of honour.  If it’s your first massage (or first in a long time), you’ve had a targeted sports massage or you’re not very active, you might be a little sore after a session, although it’s nothing to worry about.  If you’re used to regular massage therapy you’re unlikely to feel sore afterwards.

You Don’t Need To Drink Water After A Massage

This one is a definite myth! You really do need to drink water after your massage and that’s why we offer it to you.  Drinking water after a massage will keep you hydrated and help prevent you from getting soreness.  Drinking plenty of fluids also helps to get your lymph fluid moving, which is one major plus of a massage.




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