While we know that massage is beneficial in many ways, some ideas about massage that are very popular aren’t actually the case.
1. Massage doesn’t flush toxins;
2. lactic acid is not a toxin, it is a by product of normal anaerobic energy production;
3. the body has its own process of natural elimination and is constantly flushing anything that needs to be removed in healthy bodies through normal biological waste processing.
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Does massage flush toxins? Does it break up lactic acid? Check out my new video on the topic:
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know the ending. The whole “toxin” thing is a persistent myth, and it’s based on a misunderstanding of our internal environment. It assumes that there are areas of stagnation within muscles, and that these areas need to be wrung out so that fresh fluid can pump in. The fact is that the body is constantly refreshing the fluid between and within cells, especially highly vascular tissue like muscle. With every heartbeat and every little movement, circulation carries on.