Many clients (and quite a few therapists) think that a great massage is one you feel "beat up" afterwards. After all, you're not getting your money's worth unless it hurts, right?
Wrong. Massage shouldn’t hurt. Period.
Let me repeat that: massage… shouldn’t… hurt.
When your body is craving pain-reduction, it’s counter-productive to inflict pain in the name of health. (Unless it absolutely cannot be avoided, but that’s a story for the emergency room.) By forcing tissues to stretch or move before they’re ready to move, a therapist can actually create new injuries or invoke systemic or local traumatic stress response — the exact things I strive to help my clients heal.
Instead, I listen to my client’s body and allow it to direct my attention. This allows me to address a wide variety of physical issues and complaints; my treatment is gentle, powerful, and effective. This quiet approach also allows space for my clients to notice the myriad physical sensations and referrals as their tissues respond, and also process stored emotions, anxieties, or traumas held throughout the body. So you can step back, give your mind a rest, and allow your body to tell its story: what’s working well, and how it can use more support.