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  • Karen Stoner, LMT

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

1. Massage therapy is only for relaxation

FACT: Massage therapy not only relaxes but also eases pain, releases tension, enhances circulation, strengthens immunity, helps increase flexibility, improves healing from injuries, and many more benefits for physical wellness.

More details: While massage therapy is often associated with relaxation, its benefits extend far beyond mere tranquility. Through targeted manipulation of soft tissues, massage therapy serves as a powerful tool for alleviating pain, releasing tension, and enhancing circulation throughout the body. Moreover, it bolsters the immune system, fosters increased flexibility, and accelerates healing processes, particularly in the aftermath of injuries. Its holistic approach not only addresses physical ailments but also promotes mental well-being, reducing stress and anxiety levels. In essence, massage therapy embodies a multifaceted approach to wellness, offering a plethora of benefits that transcend mere relaxation, enriching both body and mind.

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

2. Massage therapy is a luxury only for the wealthy.

FACT: Massage therapy is a valuable healthcare tool accessible to people from all walks of life. There are many different options and therapists that can provide massage therapy for anyone in just about any situation, from high-end spas to simple chair massages at a workplace, and everything in between.

More details: Massage therapy isn't just for rich folks. It's actually a helpful way to take care of your health that anyone can afford. While some specialty or specific modalities can be more expensive than others, there are usually ways to still make massage therapy a useful part of a wellness routine. So, no matter who you are or what your situation is, you can benefit from massage therapy without breaking the bank. An old adage actually says something like "If you think you can't afford to take care of your wellness, think about what it will cost to take care of your illness."

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

3. Massage therapy is only for physical ailments

FACT: Massage therapy can benefit both physical and mental health by helping alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress by reducing cortisol levels, and increasing the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

More details: Massage therapy isn't just about making your body feel better. It can also help your mind feel better too. When you're stressed or feeling down, getting a massage can really help. It does this by lowering the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. So, even though you might think massage is only for sore muscles, it can actually help with things like anxiety and depression too.

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

4. Massage therapy is not safe during pregnancy.

FACT: Prenatal massage, when performed by a properly trained massage therapist, is safe and can offer numerous benefits for expectant mothers such as relieving common pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, and help relaxation and stress reduction.

More details: I hate this myth with a passion - and not just as a therapist that specializes in prenatal massage, but also as a mom. The blunt truth is this: pregnancy hurts. A pregnant woman's body goes through massive changes to her skeletal system, muscular system, and circulation system - plus her hormones and emotions are all extremely heightened and are constantly changing. Massage is more than recommended, it is more or less essential to help a mom-to-be keep the pain and idscomfort to a minimum while helping her to keep a healthy, happy, and safe pregnancy.

4 Myths about Massage Therapy

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