Is a Massage That Hurts Good For You?

Massages are not meant to be a painful experience, even though they can be perceived as such. Some clients and even some massage therapists believe that pain is an integral part of the massage and it has to be painful for it to work. But is this really true?There are several different types of massages, such as Swedish massage, which is very light and uses little pressure, thus causing very little discomfort. A deep tissue massage is usually the type of massage that can cause some discomfort, since the tissues and muscles are actually being worked on.

However, a well-trained massage therapist will always work within the client's comfort level. A deep tissue massage is very beneficial for any type of injury and will help with the healing process. If massages are always causing you pain, it could mean several things. It could mean that the tissue being massaged is not 100% healthy and receiving a massage would be very therapeutic for that tissue, since it would help improve circulation so you have fewer aches and pains. It could also mean that you need to communicate a little more with your massage therapist just to let them know if there's too much or too little pressure. What they think might be an appropriate amount of pressure could be too much for you in certain areas, so don't be shy to talk and tell the therapist how you feel.

The bottom line here is that massage can cause a bit of discomfort if you're already experiencing aches and pains all over your body. Even if you don't realize it, we could all benefit from a massage from time to time to get rid of the stress and tension that has built up in your body.Before you go to your next massage, be sure to communicate your comfort levels with your massage therapist and you won't be disappointed. However, don't do the massage thinking there won't be any discomfort. Pain and discomfort are two different things.

People often describe discomfort as “good pain”, especially when it comes to getting a massage. When you feel pain during a massage, it's more than a nuisance and could even cause bruising or injury. The same things you do to treat sore muscles after exercise can ease pain after a massage. Massage doesn't have to hurt to be effective. Many massage therapists are trained in multiple techniques that vary in pressure and time. If a technique doesn't seem therapeutic to you, but simply feels like pain, please speak up.

We may be able to detect a problem area, but we can't feel the intensity of its pain response. Also, tell your massage therapist about your medical history, changes in medications, allergies, and recent illnesses. Each of these factors can influence the massage techniques used and the body's response to them. Communicating with your therapist will give you the most benefit from your massage. Our main goal is to help you feel better.

In practice, deep tissue massage generally only means “strong massage”.Most therapists who offer deep tissue massages probably consider causing mild to moderate pain to be a normal and acceptable part of the job. Therapeutic massage can also relieve stress and help with health problems such as fibromyalgia and high blood pressure. Deep tissue massage can provide many benefits for various conditions, including injuries, chronic pain, and certain illnesses. Everyone has different pain tolerances, so a massage that is painful for one person may not be painful for you. A good massage therapist can help ensure that you get the right type of massage with the right areas worked on depending on what you're currently dealing with. It's clumsy, tends to indicate a simplistic “the more the better” approach to work, and it's simply not necessary - that's not what defines “intensity” in a good massage.

As a customer, if you feel any discomfort, do not hesitate to tell your masseuse and they must respect your communication.

Mark Szymonik
Mark Szymonik

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