Debunking The Top 3 Massage Therapy Myths

There are dozens of myths about massage therapy from fear that massages spread cancer cells to the thought that massages rid the body of cellulite. We want to set the record straight about a few of those myths. Here are the top three myths that are completely untrue. 

Myth #1: Massage therapy is only meant to soothe muscles

The benefits of a massage extend far beyond the relaxation of muscles. Massages can also increase blood circulation, move fluid that helps loosen joints, and stretch your fascia tissue, which connects muscles, bones, and organs. Also, massages can reduce swelling by gently moving stagnant synovial fluid. Massages soothe your entire body.

Myth #2: Don't interrupt your massage therapist when you feel pain

Many people think they are supposed to remain silent when they have a massage, but it is important to communicate with your massage therapist. You might feel slight pain while your therapist applies deep pressure to a "knot" in your back, but the pain becomes too much, make sure you tell them to lessen the intensity of their grip. Massages should never cause an intense pain.

Myth #3: It will get rid of cellulite

We would all love to believe that there is a magical cure to that unsightly cellulite. Unfortunately, the only cure to cellulite is weight loss and exercise. Cellulite is merely a collection of subcutaneous fat cells, posing absolutely no medical threat, and it is present on the legs of many people. If you do choose to keep up a rigorous fitness routine to get rid of that cellulite, massages will help relieve some of that post-workout soreness. 

Massages have more benefits than drawbacks. Hopefully, debunking these three myths has convinced you that those benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

 

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Cedar Park, TX today.

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