Only 32% of adult Americans got a massage in the past 5 years. And only even fewer get massage regularly. So it's not surprising that most people don't know much about massage.
Here are some fun facts to build your knowledge:
1 Massage can help you sleep better (Even if you don't nap during the actual massage). The deep relaxation state caused by massage lasts much longer than your hour on the table.
2 When one body part hurts, surrounding areas might also need some work. The muscles of your body are interconnected and when one is inflamed or painful it can cause extra stress and friction in your other muscles. For example, your back pain might be caused by the muscles in your hip, legs or abdomen.
3 Massage is not for everyone! I sure love it but i also like anchovies on my pizza. We are all unique little snowflakes and it's ok to not like your massage or the therapist. If that's the case you have every right to stop treatment.
4 Massage can help your mood. It's been shown to be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression.
5 Massage doesn't 'detoxify' your body. So are toxins, that whole thing is a silly myth.
6 Massage is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy (unless there are unusual health issues). Some practitioners choose to not do it, but that's their choice.
7 while we are on the topic of things that are not things... Massage doesn't need to be painful to be effective. It's true. Run screaming from any practitioner who insists there needs to be pain in a treatment.
8 Scars are living tissue that can be transformed with massage and other manual therapies, no matter how old they are. And they can be affecting you in places farther away from the visible scar than you'd ever suspect.
9 It's OK to focus on certain areas of discomfort. In fact, if you have a particular issue we should be spending a good amount of time on that region and the surrounding muscles. If your gluts are being a pain in the... you know... I will make sure that issue is addressed.
10 Your massage therapist loves feedback. We like to know if you hate having your feet touched, and if you looove having your ears massaged. We like knowing your musical preference and if you prefer to start face down or face up. That being said, if you want me to just work my magic and design your treatment plan we can do that too.
11 There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in a persons skin. Now you probably understand a little better about why massage feels so good! With 3,000 touch receptors in a finger tip alone how could it not.
12 Interesting enough, touch is the first feeling that develops in the human body and also the last to fade away. Any type of touch can reduce the heart rate, it can lower chances for depression and lower blood pressure.
Do you have questions about massage? Contact me or ask at your next appointment and I would LOVE to answer them!