Author Michelle Burns, BSN, BS AltMed, LMT, BCTMB
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While massage has been practiced for healing for hundreds (in fact, thousands) of years, a scientific understanding of what actually happens during a massage has been lacking. As a result, a number of theories and ideas, sometimes based on physiology and sometimes on anecdotal observation, has become embedded in both the public and massage therapists understanding of massage. As more research is made available regarding massage therapy and other forms of bodywork, some of these understandings have been proven to be misunderstandings. These papers review several myths and the research to support or dispel the myths. Each paper looks at 5 different myths. This resources can be helpful for creating brochures, educational materials, research papers, etc.
The myths addressed in this paper include: