Understanding Discomfort During Massage: What's Normal & How to Find Relief

elbow-massaging-shoulder-sq-400While massage is generally a relaxing and therapeutic experience, certain techniques can potentially cause discomfort or pain for some individuals. Deep tissue, which targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, is one such technique that may be uncomfortable, particularly if the muscles are significantly tight or knotted.

Similarly, a sports type involving firm pressure and specific strokes to address athletic injuries and enhance performance can also lead to temporary discomfort. Even the gentler Swedish massage may cause discomfort if the therapist works on particularly tense areas.

The Benefits of These Techniques

Despite the potential discomfort, these techniques offer numerous benefits. Deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic pain, improve range of motion, and reduce inflammation. Sports massage can aid in recovery, prevent injuries, and enhance athletic performance. Swedish massage can promote relaxation, improve circulation, and reduce muscle tension.

What’s Normal and What’s Not

While some discomfort is normal during these types of massage, it’s essential to differentiate between therapeutic discomfort and pain that may indicate potential harm. A skilled therapist like Mikki Williams, LMT at Rassel-Daigneault Holistic Health Center, can communicate with you throughout the session and adjust the pressure accordingly.

Post-Session Care and Relief

After some types of bodywork, it’s common to experience some residual soreness or tenderness. To alleviate discomfort, here are some tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Apply a cold pack or take an Epsom salt bath to reduce inflammation
  • Engage in light stretching or gentle movement
  • Consider taking over-the-counter pain medication if needed

Experience the Benefits of Massage Today

If you’re seeking relief from chronic muscle tension, pain, or athletic injuries, consider booking a session with Mikki. She’ll work closely with you to determine the most appropriate technique and ensure a safe and effective session tailored to your needs. Call (517) 336-8880 to schedule today.


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