What was once thought of as only a luxury for the rich and famous, massage has made its way into the mainstream, and it seems that it is here to stay. More and more people experience the wonderful health benefits on a day to day basis when it comes to massage therapy. According to the numbers gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage therapy has grown in record numbers over the last two to three years, especially in terms of those seeking out the profession, and those seeking out therapy to help them become healthier and more relaxed.
Along the way, with newcomers to the massage therapy profession, come misconceptions, tall tales and everything in between. Many of these can deter those seeking out massage therapy from receiving treatment, and in some instances, this can hinder their health in many ways. Putting just two common massage myths to rest can help to weed out many false facts, and give those seeking treatment nothing but the cold hard truth in terms of just how massage can enhance overall health in positive ways.
Massage removes and/or reduces cellulite : FALSE
Many people seek out massage therapy in their efforts to obtain a better body, this is common, as massage does treat the aches and pains that stifle people from everyday movement, including physical activity. That being said, there are so many rumors and stories floating around massage therapy that have it as one of the better and more easier forms of cellulite removal in both men and women.
Cellulite is a collection of fat that has been pushed against various parts of the skin, causing it to feel and appear indented and often times quite bumpy. One of the many delusions associated with its removal is that massage therapy over time can help to smooth out the skin and make tissue surrounding these areas much smoother. Sadly, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.
There is no cheat code for ridding the body of fat. Proper diet and exercise is the only way. Laying down and having the tissue rubbed over and over simply will not do the trick.
Massaging pregnant women’s ankles can cause distress to the fetus : FALSE
Many people believe that this myth came about in the wake of liability issues becoming more and more prevalent in healthcare. The fact of the matter is, there is absolutely no evidence to support a link between massage therapy and harm to the pregnancy as a whole. In fact, actual evidence supports the fact that the relaxation techniques used in massage therapy help to keep babies strong and also help them to grow when in utero.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.