I love my regular monthly massages and have learned so much from my massage therapist! A therapeutic massage is NOT just "rubbing". It involves deep stimulation of the muscles to increase circulation. My massage therapist cleared up a neck range-of-motion problem that I had for years - chiropractic was unable to help. I used to think of massage as creepy until I got my first therapeutic massage. Now I'm a regular!
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Massages are part of how I deal with aches and pains (and I enjoy them). My mother was a physio in the days when physios used massage extensively for healing and so grew up with it. If the massage though is to deal with aches/pains make sure the therapist is more a 'medical' one than a beauty one. Beauty type massages are great I think but just pleasurable rather than dealing with the cause of the pain and can accidentally through ignorance aggravate muscle etc pain.
LOVE massages! I've had both men and women masseuses and personally prefer women (just like I personally prefer women doctors). But regardless, love love love massages!
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Thank you for all of your comments. Your experiences are very helpful to me. That is why I love Spark People Community members. Thanks again.
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I'm visiting a chiropractor for low back pain, and he prescribed me 3 massages a week, for four weeks. In addition, he made it clear to use ice, rather than heat. This is for my specific problem, not sure about yous though. I say go for the massage, and if possible, get one as often as possible. It helps with weight loss, as well as re-aligning your muscles in the proper line. Another benefit: extreme relaxation. But, if you're ticklish, make sure you tell them ahead of time. They know how to avoid, most of the time.
I gave my daughter a massage at the spa for her Christmas and she loved it. She did something called the Chakra total body massage and it totally relaxed and destressed her.
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You will love it.....nothing like having some one work out the kinks for you but is it at spa or a Massage Therapist office? Spa massages are nice and gentle, my Massage Therapist practices ART - active release therapy on my injured hip and it hurts but does feel better afterward.
Well said, thank you. My therapist is certified. I wanted to add that it took me a long time to be comfortable with someone touching me and letting someone else have that type of control over me. The right therapist will go at your pace and listen to your body and you when something hurts or your just not comfortable. When I first started massage, I started with clothes on, and she would tell me everything she was going to do. I asked a lot of questions so that I would understand what she was doing too. Now I go and my visits aren't at all like that. Most of the time the sessions are enjoyable.
Go for the massage! I'm definitely NOT a "touchy" person, but after my first massage I was hooked! A good therapist will make you feel comfortable and "unexposed", and will also ask questions about how much pressure is comfortable, etc. Start out with a half hour, or even just a 15-minute upper body massage if you feel uncomfortable. If I could afford a massage once a week, I'd do it. I usually ask for massage gift certificates for birthday, Christmas, etc., and then save them as rewards for meeting goals.
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Massages are great! I love hot stone massages. Try a 30 minute hot stone and if you like it increase the time.
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I love a good massage and I find it really does help but you need to make sure you identify to the person exactly where it hurts and if they put too much pressure on the area and it hurts, let them know because it can make it worse. I am not one to complain because I think my skin is sometimes too sensitive but they strained my neck once because I didn't speak up.
My Chiro definitely recommends a good massage therapist. Like others said, they will only go as far as your comfort level. I had a man do mine and he was extremely professional. he even offered a different type of massage that would be more helpful-- a fitness massage. I felt wonderful for several days afterward. I went for a treat to myself vs going for any kind of pain management. I say go for it. If you don't like it, you won't go again.
i love a massage but only with a registered therapist
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If its to a professional they'll ask about any pain and do the massage to best offer relief. First time I went I thought id be put off by bring touched by a stranger but was quickly comfortable in the surroundings was told what next area to be worked was, asked about how I felt etc. I go as needed for pain. Hubby & I have gone through couples training for pleasure massage and hot rock therapy to enjoy at home but for pain we go to a professional. Sore / aching muscles we treat at home now.
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I would pass on a massage. I don't have back pain and do not want to fix what is not broken. I dont't even like back rubs from my husband. It gives me the creeps. It would give the creeps even more if it was someone other than him, no matter how professional they were.
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I go to a massage therapist once a week. She is a specialist. I'm so glad I found her and when I see her on a regular basis, I'm not in as much pain. I would recommend finding a massage therapist that you trust and see them often.
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Get a total body massage is one of rewards to myself several times a year. When I get under 200 pounds I going to have me a Spa Day.
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I've been a professional nationally ceritified Massage Therapist for 5 years, and I think you should at least give it a try. More and more studies are coming out all the time that state that massage is a very REAL soution for back pain and other issues. There's no reason it should feel awkward if you go to a professional MT.
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I thought that, too, prior to having my first massage. But once you've had one, you will probably try to squirrel away a few dollars to have them as often as you are able to. The Massage Therapists are usually good about having you fill out a form first that tells them where your aches and pains are, what type of massage you prefer, and whether you have ever had one before. If you have not, they will let you know to dress down to "where you are comfortable", then get under the sheet, and they will come back into the room after given you a ample opportunity to have done these things. Lights are usually turned down low (another plus if you are not completely comfortable with your body right now) and soothing music is played. The massage table will probably be heated and they will ask if you wish to have the heat level raised or lowered. They usually try not to talk to much so you can relax and enjoy. You may even fall asleep! I've done so several times (yes, I now have a massage "membership" that I was talked into by the sales girl while I was still in my relaxed state of bliss after my massage...LOL...careful with that!).
Good luck to you and let us know if you enjoyed it! Massage is great therapy for body, mind, and spirit! ENJOY!
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Have you been offered a GC for a professional massage at a spa? Or did someone offer to rub your back? I would go with the pro massage. I think it's really relaxing and it might temporarily relieve your back pain. If this is just a friend offering a rub-down, I would pass on that most likely.
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I have lower back pain that I deal with yoga and heat. I have been offered a massage as a Christmas present. I have never had a massage and feel that it would be awkward to lie on a table and have someone massage me. What do you think?
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