#1. The Myth
Massage therapy elevates endorphins.
Massage increases feelings of well-being and reduces pain.
#2. The Myth
Massage boosts the immune system. Massage enhances
Massage promotes relaxation and relieves stress.
#3. The Myth
Massage reduces cortisol, a stress hormone.
Massage reduces stress. It does not lower cortisol.
#4. The Myth
Massage increases blood flow, or Massage improves circulation,
“induces venous return,” or simply, “moves blood.”
Massage promotes tissue health because it brings blood to the
#5. The Myth
Massage releases toxins from the body, or Massage detoxifies the
body, or Massage moves toxins out of the tissues and into the
Although this belief sounds good and this claim is everywhere, no research shows
massage releases toxins. It’s an old myth. We’re not even sure what was meant by
the word “toxin.” That makes it hard to do research on the question. In massage
therapy, we’re more focused on whether or not massage helps people feel better.
Clients and growing research suggests that it does.
5 Myths and Truths about Massage TherapyLetting Go Without Losing Heart
Written by: Tracy Walton, MS, LMT