Massage Myths

Ending Your Reservations - So You May Book a Reservation!

How much do you know about massages? The earliest date of origin for massage therapy goes way back to 2700 BCE. Throughout history, healers have modified, perfected, and solidified the foundation of massage therapy. Currently, with a plethora of different massages and locations to chose from, it may be overwhelming to book a reservation, as there may be myths surrounding massage therapy. Let’s bust these massage myths and end any and all reservations concerning massages, so you may have peace of mind when booking.

Myth #1 - If I’m pregnant, I should not get a massage.

Actually, the American Pregnancy Association found that routine prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle and joint aches and pains, enhance sleep cycles, and even improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Through varying techniques, different needs may be addressed. Our wonderful massage therapists work with expecting mothers to create an individualized massage therapy plan to safely achieve the results you need. The Swedish Massage is a popular type of massage therapy. Swedish massages aim to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation via mild pressure applied to the various muscle groups of the body. Pregnancy creates major hormone shifts; Swedish massages are recommended because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes due to the hormone alterations. Longitudinal studies have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to a woman’s prenatal care - ultimately leading to stabilized mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. One hour on the massage table give your body as much relaxation as a four hour nap!
Creating life and carrying a baby is hard work - give yourself and your baby a break and book your massage today!

Myth #2 - My massage has to hurt to be effective.

No! “No pain, no gain” is a philosophy that could not be further from the art of massage therapy. Massages are not supposed to be a painful therapy. Here at Palms Wellness and Spa, we bring you to a dimply lit room, lay you down on a comfortable massage bed, infuse the air with relaxing oils, and play gentle, relaxing music - our top priority is giving you the utmost care and relaxation. Life can get hectic and busy; between taking care of the kids, sitting at a desk, working out, and traveling, we often don’t give our body the proper stretching and break it needs to be able to recover. Our body then punishes us by tightening up or straining itself. Massage therapy is made to relax the body and give our muscle groups tension release - but how much is too much when it comes to pain? There is a fine line between “hurting so good” and “ouch, please stop that”. Our experienced professionals can adjust accordingly based on body language, but our goal is to leave you feeling better than when you came in - if at any time you feel pain or discomfort during a massage, speak up!

Myth #3 - The effects of a massage are temporary.

Massage therapy is a powerful tool to help you take the lead to your health and general wellness. A great massage therapist’s job is to not only address temporary aches and pains, but to leave their client as comfortable as possible after the effects of the massage wear off. Our muscle has memory - so when we are hunched over a computer, sitting awkwardly, or put our bodies through repeated daily strain, we can cut off nerve pathways. This then can trigger shoulder and neck pain, lower back soreness, and even a numbness or tingling sensation down our hands or legs. Regular massages allow a therapist to re-teach your muscles to improve body mechanics and posture. While no one can promise a stress-free life, we can promise a stress-free appointment and work to get those muscles re-trained!

Myth #4 - There is no research that massages actually do anything.

In the past decade, there have been many studies and reviews on the effectiveness of massage therapy. In a 2016 evaluation for lower back pain, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found evidence that massages were helpful for chronic low-back pain; similarly, a 2015 Cochrane review found that massages provide short-term relief from low-back pain. A 2013 review of twelve studies across the nation found that massage therapy was more helpful for both neck and shoulder pain than inactive therapies. Results of a randomized controlled trial of adults with osteoarthritis of the knee found that those who received a Swedish massage over an eight week period demonstrated statistically significant improvements in pain and physical function of the knee. Massages can even be great for reducing the amount of migraines - a systematic review found that massage therapy might be as equally effective as top leading migraine medicine. Massage therapy can be an element of supportive treatment for cancer patients who choose to try it, as long as they take the necessary precautions. Massage is listed as one of several treatments that may be beneficial for stress reduction, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and quality of life in the 2014 clinical practice guidelines for the care of breast cancer patients. The Society for Integrative Oncology issued guidance in 2017 on the evidence-based use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment, recommending massage therapy to help breast cancer survivors with mood disturbances following active treatment; this suggestion is based on the findings of six clinical investigations.

Myth #5 - Massages have no health benefits, it is just to pamper yourself. 

While pampering yourself is never a negative, massage therapy is a powerful tool to help you take the lead to your health and all-around well-being. In previous years, massages used to only be available through luxury spas, and fancy health clubs. However, within the past several decades, massage therapy has gained popularity and importance, and may now be offered in businesses, clinics, and hospitals. Massage therapy is largely considered as part of integrative medicine and holistic healing; it is usually offered alongside standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. One of the top research facilities and specialized institutions in the nation, the Mayo Clinic, attests that massage benefits can include:
- reducing stress and increasing relaxation,
- reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension,
- improving circulation, energy, and alertness,
- lowering heart rate and blood pressure,
- improving immune function
Research throughout the centuries have found massage therapy to be helpful for a huge variety of ailments, here are just a few:
- Anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Fibromyalgia
- Headaches
- Insomnia related to stress
- Lower back pain
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Upper back and neck pain
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Get a head start on your overall health and schedule your massage appointment today!

Myth #6 - Palms Wellness and Spa only focus on general massages.

This is far from the truth! Palms Wellness and Spa offer a large variety of different massages and techniques, with the option of additional treatments. You may choose between a massage lasting 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. Our talented massage therapists may provide deep tissue, Swedish, sports, prenatal, and hot stone massages; our massages are customizable to give you exactly what your body needs. Alongside a massage, we are excited to offer a wide range of treatments that you can add on to your massage. These add-ons include:
- Aromatherapy
- Body Scrub
- Chakra Balancing
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Foot Scrub
- Full Body Hot Stone
- Reflexology
- Scalp Treatment
- Shower
Our massage therapists have over half a century of combined professional massage experience! We would love to help you achieve your optimal relaxation and health goals.

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