When most people think of massage they think of a relaxing day at the spa. They don’t think of something that can dramatically change the function of their body and rid them of pain. There are a lot of different kinds of massage that come from every culture all over the world. One might even argue that massage was the first way that human beings helped each other when in distress or pain. At this point, the art of massage has advanced significantly, and continues to develop. Some of those types of massage are your basic spa massage, which is great is you just want to feel a little better for a couple hours. What we are interested in, is massage that changes your life.
Here’s the catch, the massage that can do the most to heal you and actually change the way your muscles work, tend to be painful and difficult to take. The massage that has had the most dramatic effects on my injury recovery felt like I was being tortured for an hour. Yeah, it was that bad. However, when the massage was over, I felt incredible. I got the results I needed. I may have been a little sensitive or tender for a day or two, but nothing that an epsom salt bath didn’t solve. When it was all said and done, I’d do it all again.
The fact of the matter is, when your in pain because your muscles are tight, there are only a few things that are going to get that tissue to relax and return to normal function. Massage is one of the most effective ways of doing that. Stretching works well also, but it’s not always enough. I had clients with regular yoga practices who would come to me sometimes because there was something that they just couldn’t get to change with yoga. Just like stretching, you can massage yourself, and in some cases that is all you’ll need. I recommend that everyone massage their own necks fairly regularly to keep the neck muscles in good shape. Sometimes though doing it for yourself just isn’t going to cut it and you need to have someone with a skilled set of hands find that muscle or muscles causing the problem, then find the section of muscle with the problem, and finally work that tissue back into a fully functional state.
The moral of the story here is that if you have an injury, old or new, you can’t go wrong with getting massage to heal that injury. Keep in mind though, find a skilled person, like someone who works with athletes, and get ready to tolerate some pain.
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