In the past few decades, massage therapy has become incredibly popular among a larger proportion of the population. Many people consider massage therapy at a spa as the perfect way to spend a vacation or a day off from work. However, even though there is more awareness about massage therapy and its many benefits nowadays, there are still many people who harbor misconceptions about massage therapy. Here is some information about three of the most common massage therapy myths as well as the truth behind these myths.
1) The Advantages of Massage Therapy Are Short-Term
A very common myth about massage therapy is that its benefits are short-term rather than long-term. However, the truth is that the effects of massage therapy do not actually wear off after a few hours. If you get a massage, you may feel as if the effects of the massage only last until the next day. However, if your massage therapist is qualified and skillful, the massage should reduce stress and pain in your muscles and joints for days or even weeks after the massage. During a massage, your body is repairing itself and chances are you are not even aware of this process going on.
2. Massages Helps Spread Cancer Cells
Another common misconception is that massage therapy increases the spread of cancer cells in the body in cancer patients. However, no scientific research studies have indicated that this belief is true. However, there are research studies that suggest that cancer patients can benefit from massage therapy.
3. Massage Therapy Makes You Feel Sore After
The final misconception is that massage therapy will make you feel sore after. Some soreness can occur after massage. This is especially true for people who are new to massage, or haven’t moved around much in their day-to-day life before seeing a massage therapist.
Since massage will loosen tight muscles and limber up joints, it’s understandable that a little soreness will occur. However, you should not feel that you can’t function and go about your regular routine.
Once you’ve had a couple of sessions, soreness shouldn’t even occur. A good idea is to drink a lot of water after your sessions. That can help keep soreness at bay if you’re worried about it.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Colorado Springs, CO today.