Myths vs. Real benefits about massages

Written by Leonescu Claudia

Massages are not at all the brand new therapy, moreover the practice has been passed on for centuries. Ancient Chinese medical documents and inscriptions found in Egyptian tombs can demonstrate this. Nowadays, its popularity has drastically increased, and since we are well aware that with great power comes great rumors, we decided to bust some myths about massages. There are many reasons you should opt for a full bodywork, of course there are the health benefits, but merely you should do it because it feels unbelievably good.

MYTH: Massages can spread cancer

According to researchers, oncological diseases develop and spread as a result of changes in DNA cells, which means massages can’t possibly have this effect.

Real benefit: On the contrary to this rumors, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or drug therapy have used massages as a complementary therapy. They’ve been known to ease pain, help patients sleep better, reduce nausea and fatigue and improve motion and quality of life overall.

MYTH: You shouldn’t get a massage if you’re pregnant

There is no risk in going into labor prematurely or hurting your unborn, although you should be careful with how much pressure you’re applying on specific areas, but that’s no brainer.

Real benefit: There actually are specific massage styles known as pregnancy massage or prenatal which can work wonders for future mothers. By reaching specific reflex zones, located for instance in your feet, the lymphatic and blood circulation will improve causing a benefic chain reaction: relaxing muscles, easing pain, lowering anxiety and decreasing back and leg pain. Because it increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, it will also help with mood swings.

MYTH: Massages can only have a short-term result

Of course, if you’re only going to get a massage once, the effects will not be as profound as if you’d add it to your routine.

Real benefit: By regularly getting a massage you can experience a lot of benefits. If want a massage just for relaxation and feel-good vibe, you can whenever you feel your life’s gotten its toll on you or simply when you can squeeze one in your schedule. But if you’re looking to ease symptoms of various conditions like osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, joint and muscular pain (and the list goes on) you will need to take more seriously and make time for it.

MYTH: Massages can’t stop migraines

This is one of the fattest rumors we’ve heard.

Real benefit: Migraines, headaches, fatigue and insomnia are usually stress-related conditions. Besides unwinding your body and mind and helping them function properly, applying pressure on specific points can help block pain signals sent to the brain, which will prevent these conditions. Also, because oxygen-rich blood is boosted through your whole body, the burden on your nerves is lessen. It strengthens your immune system in general and allows you to breathe deeper and easier. There are specific techniques such as reflexology or trigger point therapy that could help you if you’re experiencing painful and recurring headaches.

MYTH: Massages reduces cellulite

Though it may work miracles on your body, this particular thing is something you cannot achieve through a massage.

Real benefit: What it can do for you is improve your flexibility and range of motion. It can also work on exercising and stretching weak, tight, or atrophied muscles. If you add a massage to your workout or accompany your diet with one, you will definitely acquire optimal results.

MYTH: All types of massages are basically all the same

This is one of the most inaccurate beliefs.

Real benefit: There are dozens of different massage styles, each one targeting a certain pain or need. Some of the most popular are: Swedish massage, which is the most common, best for relaxation, relieving stress and tight muscles; the Deep tissue massage is usually recommended for muscle stiffness and painful areas. Thai massages are also in demand, they are like a passive stretching session which improves flexibility and overall health. The Shiatsu and Watsu (basically the same thing, the only difference being the last one is performed underwater) and people having trouble with lack of energy, migraines, lower and upper back pain or neck aches usually turn to it, sometimes it’s just for the pampering feeling.

Of course, not everything is pure black and white, but researches have been conducted and some are even in progress which clearly show us the many ways in which a massage can improve your health. Despite this, if you’re suffering from a severe and complicated condition you should always address a specialist before getting a massage. If not you can go carefree to a spa treatment or a health club and you can even consider getting an electronic massager for you to have at home.

About the author

Leonescu Claudia

Initially when I turned to writing it was a decision made on some pretty shallow grounds, first off it was Carrie Bradshaw building a fire under my writing juices. Spicing that up with some reading, somewhere in my 2nd year of collage I was already fascinated. Margaret Laurence once said ”When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” and I find that painfully true.
If it's something you're drawn to, you reach for it in any of its forms, either it's in a newspaper, on a blog, maybe a book or a novel or you just go full-freelancing, you reach for it:)

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