Massage can spread cancer One of the biggest and possibly most enduring myths stops some people from getting massage that could really be of benefit. The myth is that having a full body massage can spread cancer because it stimulates your lymphatic system. There is absolutely no evidence that cancer can be spread by massage. Manipulating soft tissue in the way I do as a massage therapist won’t make tumor cells move, and not only is having massage therapy non-harmful for cancer patients, it’s actually good for most.
You shouldn’t get massage if you’re pregnant Massage is great for both mom and baby during pregnancy, and for a normal pregnancy it’s safe and beneficial in all trimesters. Having a massage absolutely will not bring on early labor. Even so, you should always tell me if you are pregnant when you attend for your massage session. I will adapt techniques as well as use a pregnancy support cushion system that is designed to allow you to safely lay on your stomach.
Massage therapy releases toxins Massage therapy has many benefits, but although this myth is still repeated it’s not true. Massage doesn’t detoxify your body. True toxins are things like mercury, lead or botulinum toxin which are dangerous to your body, and massage won’t help you if you need to eliminate any of those! The truth is, your body is very efficient at filtering most waste products and unwanted substances out of your body using your lymphatic system, and ultimately by your kidneys and liver.
Soreness is a sign of a good massage Soreness is no indication of how good your massage treatment was. I always check on you the next day to ask if you have muscle discomfort so I can adjust for the next session. If it's your first massage (or first in a long time) or you’re not very active, you might be a little bit sore after a session and that is nothing to worry about. When your body gets used to regular massage therapy you’re unlikely to feel sore afterwards.