Massage should feel good. Even clinical work, which is more detailed and may be done at deeper muscle levels, shouldn’t be painful. Massage may be done on muscles or other tissues that are tense and sore, so the work may be uncomfortable at times, but it shouldn’t be painful. I tell my clients to consider their discomfort on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable) during the massage. If their rating goes above a 6 or so, they let me know and I change my approach just enough to bring the rating down to an acceptable level.
Looking for a “deep tissue” massage? If you want work that is effective on complicated soft tissue structures, book a session. If you want work that will cause you pain or leave you in tears, you should seek a different therapist. Worried about having to put up with too much pressure during a massage? I’m very comfortable responding to client requests for lighter or variable pressure. I want my clients to be satisfied with their progress from my massages, and I will work with you to figure out what we need to do to meet your session goals.
Whenever possible, I conduct bodywork that creates ease in the client’s body. By positioning the client comfortably and working to reduce the load borne by affected muscles, the client’s body is given the message to relax. Massage supports this message of relaxation. It’s worth noting that research has shown that relaxation massage can be equally effective at reducing chronic low back pain as clinical massage. Without relaxation, it’s difficult for clinical work to be effective.
I am more than happy to work with clients who have never had massage before, feel uncertain about getting a massage, require allowances for bathroom or other breaks during the session, or wish to remain partially or fully clothed during the session. Together you and I will figure out what type of massage session is best suited for you, and we’ll make any needed adjustments along the way.