There are many reasons someone might be hesitant about receiving massage. Your fears or concerns need not be barriers to treatment however if you are considering massage or if massage has been recommended to you to treat a specific health issue do some research to learn more about the condition and how bodywork can help. Massage is contraindicated (or discouraged) for very few if any health issues. In some form or another bodywork can either work around or address any complication you might be experiencing.
Consider also talking to colleagues and friends who have experienced massage to hear about the treatment they received and how they went about finding a practitioner. Learning more about how massage is used today, and the many different bodywork options, can open your mind to its hundreds of applications for physical and mental well-being.
Some people question the legitimacy of massage for healing purposes, since for many years massage therapy and other forms of bodywork were considered taboo, especially in the western world. Some unfortunate misconceptions still linger about massage therapy’s place in contemporary medicine though research and extensive studies have helped dissolve that reputation and massage is now widely understood to reduce pain and improve health. The more you read about bodywork practices, the more you can understand why so many people, including medical professionals, endorse massage.