4 Massage Myths Debunked

Published: 17th Jul, 2023

Rumor has it, massage myths are making their way around the world. Now we can’t be sure of the source of the stories, but we can certainly stop them. Massage truly has the power to heal the body, cleanse the mind, and boost our well-being like no other. At CERAGEM, we’re always going to support that.

And do you know what else we’re going to do? Debunk the deadwood and bring the truth to light where massage is concerned. It’s time to spill the tea. So if you want to know how well massage can truly work for you, read on.

Myth 1: Massage is Purely for Relaxation

Kicking things off in a style with a slanderous assumption that many have made, massage myth number one is that massage is for relaxation and relaxation alone. Wrong!

Sure, you may see those that slip off to the spa in need of pamper therapy, but there’s more to massage than meets the eye. Okay, so there is some truth to the notion that massage is relaxing – it does scientifically encourage the body to slip into a relaxed state as the heart and breath rates drop. But it also heals the body too.

Not to boast, but some of the leading (and scientifically proven) health benefits of massage include reduced pain and muscle tension, increased blood flow, improved flexibility, and reduced stress levels.

Myth 2: Deep Tissue Massage Has to Hurt

If you’ve ever avoided a deep tissue massage for fear of pain, it’s likely that you’ve heard this one before. But deep tissue massage really doesn’t have to hurt in order for it to be effective. Sure, it may not always be the most relaxing of experiences if you’re looking to treat pain or recover from injury, but it doesn’t need to be excruciating.

Yes, your masseuse will want to use effective kneading techniques to work away the tension in your muscles. But they can also use a variety of pressure intensities that you’re comfortable with too.

Deep Tissue Massage Has to Hurt

Myth 3: Massage Isn’t For You

Now this myth is sort of an exception – because we can totally understand where it comes from. It’s easy to think that you should avoid massages if you have certain health conditions, including a range of chronic illnesses or high blood pressure. But you’ll be surprised to discover it can actually support the healing process.

Massage is proven to reduce pain and stress levels. This also applies to the discomfort and anxiety that comes with long-term sickness such as cancer, diabetes, depression, and sleep disorders.

Myth 4: Massage is a Luxury

And finally, one of the most infamous massage myths around is that it’s a luxury. Or, something that you do as a ‘treat’. Not only does this imply that massage is expensive (which isn’t always the case) but also that it’s not key to our overall well-being (which it certainly can be). 

When it comes to massage beds, CERAGEM’s are built for daily use – meaning you can bring your CERAGEM V6, or bed of choice, into your everyday wellness routine. Improved circulation, temporary relief from pain and tension, and stress reduction are all things we deserve to enjoy as a necessity, not a luxury.

Grace Olivia Parry is a London-based writer with a penchant for Paris, good food, and fitness. When she’s not writing about the ways of the world, she’s cooking, practicing pilates, or planning her next trip.


News Medical – The Health Benefits of Massage

Healthline – Is a Deep Tissue Massage What Your Muscles Need?

University of California San Francisco Health – Massage