5 Myths About Massage Therapy

What do you think about massage therapy? There are plenty of myths and misconceptions floating around that might have put you off getting a massage in the past, but we’re here to put them to bed once and for all.

It will hurt

If you have a low tolerance for pain, then don’t assume that massage isn’t for you. Different massages use varying levels of pressure, so while some may cause some discomfort, others are simply soothing and relaxing. Even high-pressure massage like Swedish massage and sports massage should never cause too much pain. If the pressure being applied is too much for you, you should let your massage therapist know and they will ease off.

You’ll be sore the next day

Similarly, some people have this misconception that if you’re not sore the next day, the massage wasn’t done properly. Some people may feel some soreness in their muscles the next day, especially the first time receiving a massage, but this is not always the case. If you receive massages on a regular basis, you are unlikely to feel sore the day after.

You have to take your clothes off

When massages are shown on film and television, the person receiving the massage is normally led on the table naked with only a towel to cover their dignity. If you’ve been avoiding massages because you don’t like the idea of this, then don’t worry. Different kinds of massage allow you to leave on different amounts of clothes if you choose, there are even options for fully clothed massages. While others require more access to your skin, you should still be able to keep your underwear on, and the massage therapist will leave the room while you undress.

The benefits of massage are only temporary

A massage may feel amazing while you’re receiving it and make you feel relaxed for the rest of the day, but it’s a common misconception that the benefits end there. Massage actually has long-term benefits, including improving your flexibility and mobility over time as it can retrain your muscles, also setting them up to recover more quickly next time you suffer an injury or complete a tough workout.

All massages are the same

A massage is a massage, so you might as well go for the cheapest, right? Actually, there are significant differences between the different types of massages and the benefits they offer. The massage you choose should depend on your motivation for getting one. Are you stressed? Suffering from chronic pain? Recovering from an injury? There’s a right kind of massage for you. Check out our services to see the different kinds of massage we offer. It’s also important that you select a massage therapist that is properly trained and that you feel comfortable with, as this will help you relax during the treatment.

Now that we’ve got those myths out of the way, feel free to get in touch with us at Moonstone Massage to book your massage in Winston Salem, NC.