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Does a massage need to hurt in order to be effective?

People often ask me if massage should hurt. I believe it is of utmost imprtance that the client is able to relax during the session in order to allow the muscles to release. Some people cannot relax through pain and need a lighter pressure. Other people describe a "sweet" pain or a "hurts-so-good" feeling which allows them to relax through the sensation. If you feel pain during your session that is unpleasant or that causes you to tense up, please let me know immediately.

Occasionally some may experience soreness the day after a massage. Usually this happens when a client is very tight and unaccustomed to receiving massage. The soreness is similar to the soreness experienced after working out too hard and normally goes away in a day or two.

How long of a session do I need?

Most full body sessions are 60 to 90 minutes. The 30-minute massage can treat issues in a few key areas but is not enough time for a full body massage. The 90-minute massage is good for clients who need focused work on one or two specific areas but still want a thorough full body massage.

How often should I get a massage?

There is no need to wait until you are in pain to get a massage. Too many clients wait until they are in agony to seek help. Regular massage is a wonderful way to manage stress and prevent injuries. People dealing with health issues or healing an injury often need more frequent sessions but eventually can taper off to a maintenance level.

I suggest that a generally healthy person get a massage at least once a month as maintenance. Over the years, I have found that my clients who receive massage on a regular schedule are less likely to experience muscle spasms. Some people get massages every week or every other week because they enjoy them and feel the massages ehnahce their quality of life.