There is so much information out there about the massage industry, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake.
With all the confusion, it’s hard to make an informed decision, but that’s ok – I’m going to give you the skinny on a few misconceptions you might have about massage.
Massage truth #1 – Massage is more than a luxury
You might think that massage is an indulgence only for special occasions. However, massage can play a part in your overall wellness plan. Research shows that it helps with anxiety. It can also help ease the discomfort of multiple sclerosis. It can help with headaches, insomnia, and muscle strains and injury.
Massage truth #2 – You don’t have to take your underwear off
I have many clients who are naked under the sheet. However, I have just as many who aren’t. It’s quite alright to leave your underwear on, even if you have hip or low back pain. I can work over the sheet if need be – your comfort level is more important. Leaving the skivvies on? That’s no problem at all!
Massage truth #3 – Massage doesn’t have to hurt to work
We’ve heard the expression “No Pain, No Gain,” right? That might be true in some areas of life, but not necessarily in massage. There is no reason why a massage therapist’s only course of action when helping ease sciatic pain is to bear down her elbow on a client’s gluteal muscles. There is a kinder way to help ease the pain of muscle strain. If your massage feels like too much to bear, just tell your therapist and they can find a way that works for you.
Still curious? If you’d like to see an example of what a back massage may look like in my swanky Fort Worth office, check out my website where I talk more about my massage philosophy. There’s even a video! Massage Doesn’t Have to Hurt to Work!