Sunday, January 25, 2015

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt? The Truth Behind The Myth

Did you ever receive a Deep Tissue Massage that was so painful you could hardly stand it? Did you feel like your massage therapist was beating you up? Were you sore the next day and notice bruising? This is unacceptable. Receiving Deep Tissue Massage is not a contest to see how tough you are. It doesn’t have to hurt. In fact, it can be far more beneficial when it doesn’t hurt.

Most people believe Deep Tissue Massage is supposed to be painful. Not so. Massages are suppose to help you relax and release areas of muscle tension to allow your body to heal on its own. Sometimes, clients become impatient because they do not understand the process. They want you to hammer them immediately because they think that's effective. But warming up your muscles first, before sinking in deeply is crucial for the best results. Our muscles have a natural reflex to resist pain. When a muscle thinks it is about to be injured, this reflex is triggered. If too much pressure is applied right away, the muscle will resist force by tightening up making softening the tissue more difficult to do. In short, more painful for you and a higher risk of injury for the therapist. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. An experienced massage therapist will
use the right amount of pressure and work within the client’s comfort level. 

There are many techniques that fall under the category of Deep Tissue Massage. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Myofascial Release are just two of them. NMT focuses on creating a balance between the central nervous system and the muscles tendons and ligaments, bones and joints of the body through specific methods. Myofascial release works on stretching and lengthening the connective tissue coverings called fascia that surround every part of our internal structure. Both techniques involve the manipulation of the deeper layers of muscle within the body.

The bottom line is I don't want to hurt you. I want you to be happy with the results so you'll come back.