Should Massage Hurt?

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Should Massage Hurt?

Have you been wondering if a massage should hurt to be effective?
If so, you are not alone. Many people believe that a massage should hurt in order to be effective. Well it doesn’t! You’ll be happy to hear that the saying, “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to massage therapy. Sometimes the most effective massages are the ones that don’t cause you any pain. Something that feels marvelous, and it’s good for you too! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Pain versus Discomfort
Muscles naturally react to any sort of pain. When your muscles feel that your body is about to be injured the reflex to deflect the pain is stimulated. If your massage therapist is ever applying too much pressure, your muscles tighten together to naturally counterattack the force, and that is not a great way to relax.

Don’t go into the massage thinking there won’t be any discomfort at all though. Pain and discomfort are two different things. People usually describe discomfort as a “good hurt” – especially in reference to getting a massage. When you experience pain during a massage, it is more than discomfort and could even cause bruising or injury.

Everybody has different tolerances for pain, so a massage that is painful for one person may not be painful for you. If you find that your massage therapist isn’t working between your tolerance levels for pain, then it’s important that you say something. Massages should almost never cause you physical pain and very rarely is it okay for you to be left with marks on your body afterwards.

If you book a massage with me, I will aim to give you the best massage for you, and a massage is meant to relieve the tension of your muscles so if you feel as though the massage is too much or not enough pressure for comfort, just tell me. Seriously, I want you to, that way you enjoy the massage treatment and I won’t be offended!


Cathy – Truly Relaxing 07903 804273

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