Nearly 40% of Americans get at least one massage every six months. They do so for a variety of reasons: stress relief, sports recovery, pain management, and the list goes on.
The benefits of massage are clear. But with so much misinformation floating around online — not to mention personal opinions — other aspects of massage are not as clear.
Today we’re going to set the record straight and clear up some common misconceptions about massage therapy. Keep reading as we separate massage facts from fiction!
Myth #1: Massage Has to Hurt to Be Effective
Some of the most common phrases massage therapists hear include:
- “Don’t be afraid to go deeper.”
- “Don’t worry, you can’t hurt me.”
- “No pain, no gain, right?”
It’s true that some types of massage (such as deep tissue) may cause discomfort, especially if you have very tense muscles. However, if discomfort crosses over into pain, you should never just grin and bear it — or, even worse, think that it’s required for a “good” massage.
In reality, the opposite is true. Your massage therapist is trained to help your body relax and heal, not to inflict pain or bruises. A little next-day soreness is common after a deep tissue massage, but you shouldn’t show up for your session with pain as the goal.
Myth #2: You Shouldn’t Get a Massage If You’re Pregnant
There are many things that pregnant women need to temporarily sacrifice, but massage isn’t one of them! For a healthy woman going through a normal pregnancy, prenatal massage can be a safe source of stress relief and relaxation.
Massage therapists are trained to provide a gentle, nurturing massage that’s safe for both mother and baby. Of course, if you have any health concerns or complications related to your pregnancy, check with your doctor before booking a session.
Myth #3: It’s Rude Not to Make Conversation
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Massage therapists do their best work in silence!
Aside from your initial conversation with your therapist when you arrive, feel free to remain silent during your massage session. Silence allows your therapist to tune in to your body and provide the best possible treatment for your needs. It also gives you the chance to relax and unwind.
Of course, if silence makes you anxious, it’s okay to chat a bit. But you should never feel pressured to start or continue a conversation.
Myth #4: You Need to Remove All Your Clothing
Perhaps some of the biggest questions regarding spa etiquette are:
- What should I wear?
- What do I need to take off?
- Is it okay to leave my underwear on?
- Do I have to be completely naked?
The answer you’ll always hear is: Undress to your personal comfort level.
Your therapist will not judge you for what you do or don’t decide to wear. Many clients choose to leave their underwear on, while others prefer to take them off. We promise that it doesn’t make a bit of difference to your therapist either way.
Whatever you choose to wear, rest assured that your private areas will remain covered with a sheet at all times. And if you would prefer to remain fully clothed, your therapist will be happy to adjust their techniques to accommodate your request.
Separating Massage Facts From Fiction: Now You Know
So, what do you think? Did any of these massage facts surprise you?
Hopefully, with this new knowledge, you’ll be better prepared for your next massage session!
Speaking of that, when’s the last time you treated yourself to a massage? With two convenient locations in Avon and Glenwood Springs, you’re never far away from a great massage experience.
Give us a call at 970-748-1600 or use our online booking form to schedule your next massage. We look forward to seeing you soon!