As therapeutic massage gets more reputable, people who never had a massage are curious; here are some of the “need to knows” about massage therapy.
I have been a massage therapist for over 14 years. I get massage regularly and have had many really great massages. I have also never had the same massage twice. I have had my share of not so good massages for me as well. A therapeutic massage is personal and is not a one size fits all type of practice.
It has been my experience that each therapist interprets what they learn. Most massage therapists are called to massage therapy. A good massage therapist can do a great one hour or 90 minute session. An excellent massage therapist will take you away for a while and let get a glimpse of how your body is really feeling. You may have to go through a few massage therapists to find the one that works best for you and your body. In fact I would encourage people who are new to massage to try out a few therapists just to find the best therapist or therapists for their body. You may find a couple you can alternate sessions with.
Most of us go through life working and making sure our loved ones are well taken care of and rarely find time to take care of ourselves. If you are a man you typically “tough out” your aches and pains. This is not good for your overall or long term health. If you are a women you typically ignore the aches and pains and hope it goes away. This is also not good for your overall or long term health.
The human body is very accommodating. You can teach it to do just about anything and your body’s muscular and skeletal system will transform your body to give you the best shape possible for what you train it to do including your day to day activities…. Whether you want it to or not and not always to the betterment of your posture (unless you help it adapt). Think about that for a minute. Remember your mother telling you to stand up straight? She was helping you train your body to have good posture. Bad posture, excluding severe medical conditions, is a product of habit. To change your posture, you must change your habits. Knowing your body mechanics will help you feel better and better know how to take care of it as you go through life, rather than try to tough it out or ignore it all together.
Depending on how long you have been “training” your body, helps determine how long and what needs to be done to correct it. A trained massage therapist can assist in identifying the problem areas and help prepare the body for change as well as recommending some simple stretches. Some of the work may be a little painful, but in a good pain sort of way.
A good pain is one that hurts but the hurt actually feels good in that feels like it’s releasing the tension, ache or pain. A bad hurt is one that hurts so bad you want it to stop now! You will determine what you are willing to endure. An excellent massage therapist will continually check in with you to make sure you are within your pain threshold as well as communicate with you as to whether you want to pursue the release.
A good massage therapy routine is about once a month. The best is everyday. It’s not only ok to have a massage everyday it’s great for your health! Bob Hope and George Burns are among the people who knew the benefits of daily massage. They both lived to be 100 years old and lived lives to their fullest every moment! Not many of us can afford a massage everyday, the point is don’t forget about you! 12 hours a year for yourself is not selfish and will do wonders for your health.