Unfortunately, much of what you will be taught in massage school may be just a myth and handed down from one teacher to the next. Currently there are no recognized standard in educational programs. There is also not much research on massage and these topics so we just don’t really know.
Many theories are constantly being challenged and updated.
The Great Massage and Toxin Debate
(Read full article in the link)
Most likely more of a semantics issue because many people say the word toxin to mean anything in the body that makes them feel bad and that could be just about anything. Toxins are often mentioned freely in massage school and on promotional pieces for professional massage therapists so what is a massage therapist to do?
Cancer and Massage. (Read full resource list in link)
In the 80’s and 90’s it was taught that you could not massage a person with cancer as it supposedly would metastasize a tumor. That was passed on because we just did not really know what massage would do. There is no research at all that shows that. In fact, massage can help many people with cancer especially with pain, lymphatic drainage issues from surgery and for stress.
Massage helps remove lactic acid after exercise.
This is a myth. See:
Lactating Mythers -Massage and the Lactic Acid Myth by Keith Eric Grant Ph.D.
Flushing out Myths – Keith Grant. Massage Today
Massage and Cortisol
Most of what we are taught as contraindications are not proven scientifically. We just do not yet know what effect massage has on many things. There is no scientific proof that massage increases circulation except do we see it every day when a clients skin gets red…but then again not all people who are getting a massage have their skin turn red.