Most people think of a massage as an indulgence strictly used to relax and unwind. Others, however, understand its therapeutic nature. Even with a tremendous amount of science behind Massage Therapy today, many people still misunderstand the difference between a casual rub down and a physical therapy massage. With that said, here’s a look at three common “Massage Therapy Myths.”
Myth # 1 - Massage can eliminate cellulite.
Massage Therapy would be the most popular treatment on earth if it could remove cellulite. Unfortunately, a persistent subcutaneous fat causes cellulite, and its unsightly appearance. Diet, lifestyle, hormones and genetics are the main factors in the occurrence of cellulite. A low-fat diet - consisting of fruits, vegetables, and fiber - along with regular exercise, will do much more than Massage Therapy when it comes to preventing cellulite.
Myth # 2 - A good massage should hurt.
The saying "no pain, no gain" doesn't apply when it comes to massage. Pain may be an indication of damaged tissue. A deep tissue massage might cause a little pain, but overall, the recipient should feel much better in the long run. Some people may experience soreness after their first massage in a long time but should recover quickly. Patients that receive regular massages, however, will rarely experience any discomfort during or after. As a general rule, time spent on a massage table should be relaxing and enjoyable, not painful.
Myth # 3 - Massage can spread cancer.
Not that long ago some people believed that the increased muscle relaxation and improved blood flow could cause cancer to spread more quickly throughout the human body. However, scientists have proven that massage therapy has no adverse effect on the occurrence or spread of cancer cells.
While Massage Therapy won't help with cellulite, it doesn't help the spread of cancer either. Overall, a massage should feel great during and after, and promote relaxation and well-being.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Bloomfield Township, MI today.