Massage therapy should not be painful. Some deeper techniques can be uncomfortable, but talking to your therapist before and during the massage will ensure that you are getting the most benefit from your massage.
There are some techniques such as frictions that are effective in breaking up the fascial restrictions between the skin and muscle. This release feels like a burning sensation. Once the restriction has been released the pain is no longer there. Trigger point therapy is another uncomfortable technique used to break up 'knots' in the muscles. This technique is simply pressing on the affected area until the pain ceases. It can actually have a referral pain that may shoot to a different part of the body. For example, the trigger point maybe in the back of the neck and when the spot is pressed the pain could be felt in the eyes or in the temples. The discomfort can last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. But I find just simply breathing through the pain is the most helpful.
If a client is looking for a gentler massage, I'd suggest a soft tissue massage or even manual lymph drainage, which is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body, enhancing fluid movement in the skin. It also has a very powerful relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. The gentle, rhythmic, pumping, massage movements follow the direction of lymph flow and produce rapid results. It has proven efficient as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies.
Massage therapy is used for therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. Also used to relax overworked and tired muscles and treat pain that results from a number of ailments and support overall good health.
Maria Murchie, RMT, resident of Hamilton, Ontario, always knew she wanted to be in the health field, however at a young age she learned that she had a blood phobia, so she was forced to rethink her nursing career. Massage seemed to be a hemoglobin free alternative and it has been for the last 6 years.
A graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College 2004, and a member of the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005, Maria enjoys finding new therapies and new places to travel, to become more educated in the massage therapy field. Just recently Maria travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to educate herself on the BAMBOO FUSION massage, and is excited to bring this latest therapy to her clients in Canada.