Funny, just the VERY subject most prominent on my mind tonight. I, too, got a full body massage today, though FArrrrrrrr from my first. I have a close friend who is a therepist and I usually get about 2 1/2 hours a whack - this gal has THE best hands in the West! But, I fear I wear her out
I'm glad you asked about the depth of the massage, as I have my very own theory on that, and so far, few agree. For me, she can hardly push deep enough into my tissue. I know most people say it hurts for them just to be touched, and I experience that too. But massage is different. It's almost like the pain, itself, is a congestion in my muscles, and a gentle massage isn't going to do anything but stir that up. For me, it feels necessary to push deep enough to push THROUGH the pain and out to the other side, if that makes any sense? I sometimes come away bruised, but that's just surface stuff, and my pain -the REAL KILLER STUFF- is deep, deep down inside my tissues. Without the depth, it's really just more of an irritant, and causes more of a flare.
Can this cause damage? Not that I've discovered, and we've been doing this periodically for about 2 years. I responded so well this time, we're going to try every 2 weeks for awhile, and see if the healing stays as profound as after a single treatment. Just the one treatment, not counting any bruising that mat occur, can last, or at least parts of it, up to a month or more. Not at the high that I'm on tonight (feeling like I could dance
), but still, definitely with increased mobility over yesterday!
Tomorrow, I may sing a bit of a different tune as alot of the flushing toxins might give me trouble. It's pretty important to eat well and drink BUNCHES of water to flush it all, bui today was a special day and I washed the massage down with a half bag of peanut butter cups.
Singing a new song tomorrow!