Does a Massage Need To Hurt?

This is another wonderful question I receive from clients and potential clients regularly. Does a Massage need to hurt to be beneficial?  Whether a Remedial Massage will hurt does depend on your pain threshold but it will also depend on the communication between yourself and your Remedial Massage Therapist. At times a Remedial Massage will be uncomfortable, especially if you are there to treat an injury, however you should never be in excrutiating pain or walk out in more pain than you walked in.  As a Remedial Massage Therapist, I am responsible for communicating with you to ensure that the pressure that I am applying is within your pain limitations. I will ask you throughout the treatment if the pressure is enough, too much or manageable. It is never my aim to put you through pain to achieve a positive result. My theory is that if I inflict pain on you as my client, you will tense the muscles that I am working to relax therefore it would be working against the effect I am trying to create. Through slow, deep breathing you can cope with painful areas that require some specific work but you will not be asked to deal with this for a long period of time.  At the end of the session you should walk out relaxed and have relief from pain. If I haven’t made you feel better, please speak up. I may advise stretches or application or heat to continue at home. You may require another treatment or your problem may require referral to a Physiotherapist, Osteopath or other Health Practitioner.  If you have experiences excruciating pain in the past and have avoided Remedial Massage, please speak to me and I can assure you that you will not experience the same again. Contact me to book an appointment or send me an email with your questions: [email protected]

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