Massage Myths and Misconceptions
There are many rumors and myths that surround the world of massage therapy. I thought I would use this blog to inform you of the facts behind these popular misconceptions.
I am concerned about the massage therapist seeing my body. I need to be in better shape prior to having a massage.
Massage therapists are there to help you feel better, not to judge you. We see a wide variety of body shapes and sizes and work with each as an individual. Since massage is an affirming experience, it can even help you to come to appreciate your own body more.
It’s such a luxury; this is something I do only on special occasions.
Let me ask you something. Do you exercise only on special occasions? Do you only eat healthy food on special occasions? Massage has been proven to have many health benefits. Stress reduction, lower blood pressure and increased flexibility are just a few. In today's world with all the pressure and demands at work, at home, or both, you offer a lot of yourself. Is it really a “luxury” to take one hour a week to do something good for you? I certainly don’t think so.
It’s awkward. I’m too self-conscious. It’s true, some people do feel a little awkward the first time they get a massage. This is completely normal, but I’ve found that those feelings fade very quickly when you realize you’re in the hands of a real professional. I know that I, as well as other licensed massage therapists, make every effort to ensure your experience is as comfortable for you as possible and we tailor your massage precisely to your liking.
I don’t have the time.
I understand the importance of convenience, but you should always make the time to take care of your body. Also, it is important to conintually receive massages regularly in order to get most results. The more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly you body will respond. This is why many massage therapists, like myself, offer to do house calls. You can have a full massage experience in the comfort of your own home. I'm in and out in just one hour - I"m sure you could find the time for that!
A good massage needs to be painful.
A therapeutic message often requires a lot of pressure, and depending on your pain thresh hold, this could be considered painful. However, you should never experience pain during a message. That would be destructive, not therapeutic. A massage should feel relaxing and enjoyable. If your massage therapist is working in an area of chronic pain, there may be some initial discomfort, which should quickly ease. If the massage exceeds your discomfort level and you do experience pain during a massage, always let your therapist know so that he or she can adapt to your comfort level.
If you ever have any concerns or questions about your massage sessions, never hesitate to ask your massage therapist. We are there to help you and will appreciate any questions you might have. If anything, send me a question, concern, or myth you might have heard, and I may answer you here!