Common myths about massage – explained!

1. All massages are the same

At The Luxe House, we have many different types of massage, each aimed at different problems. Most of our services focuses on stress relief and relaxation which reduces general muscle soreness.  Our deep muscle massages such as the Dry Shiatsu Massage is a deep tissue massage suitable for people with chronic pain or prefer the focus on pressure points.  Generally, all our services promise to make you feel less tensed and lighter after!

2. Massage is a short-term solution to pain

A massage therapist is able to help “retrain” muscles’ memory to help reduce pain and stress on a body long after a session is complete.  Having a regular massage can improve overall health, wellness and longevity. Stress is often built up in the body from long nights and lack of rest or inadequate nutrition. Massage, targeting at reduces stress, hence allows our body to expel negativity and retain energy.

3. Am i supposed to feel soreness after a massage?

Experiencing sore or tight muscles is normal (however not necessary) after a massage, especially if it has been a while since your last massage or after your first session.

Since massage is like exercise, it forces blood into the muscle, bringing nutrients and removing toxins. This process can temporarily increase inflammation (the healing response) to areas that the body feels need attention. To speed up the healing process, these are some remedies you can try:

  • Gentle stretching paying special attention to your trouble spots that received the most attention during your massage.  
  • Warm bath, ideally with Epsom salts (1/2 cup to 1 cup for adults), and soak for 20-40 minutes. Epsom salts are an effective way to further help your body rid itself of toxins and reduce muscle inflammation. You also get the added bonus of absorbing the beneficial magnesium found in Epsom salts through your skin.

4. You shouldn’t massage if you are pregnant

Massage is definitely safe during pregnancy and we often have mummies coming in to reduce lower body tension and pain! Massage in second and third trimester is very common. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and many aches and pains experienced during pregnancy which can even help with a smoother delivery.

5. You have to drink up after massaging

As long as one’s kidneys, respiratory and liver functions are normal, the body doesn’t need extra help with ridding itself of toxins.  However, if you are feeling thirsty after a massage, drink some water!

It is important to hydrate frequently as it aids in rehydration, building healthy muscle tissue, and removing metabolic wastes that accumulate as your muscles are worked out.

6. You should not eat before massaging

Generally, a full meal right before you hit the spa is a no-go, as massage certainly stimulates digestion. However, eating a light snack before a massage will prevent you from feeling dizzy or light headed during the massage as a result due to the increase blood circulation.

 

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