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Therapeutic massage: Pain or Pleasure?

What comes to mind when you hear “therapeutic massage”?  Pain?  Being pounded on?  For many people, “therapeutic massage” is synonymous with deep tissue and trigger point massages.

However, that is not accurate.  Deep tissue and trigger point are only two modalities, or types, of massage that fall under the broad category of therapeutic massage.  A therapeutic massage is one that addresses a person’s problematic areas to promote healing.  Some other modalities that also fall under the category of therapeutic massage include positional release, cupping, and reflexology.


Too many people insist on only having relaxation massages because they believe therapeutic massages must be painful.  Relaxation massages do have their place, but if a person’s tight muscles or knots are not addressed, the relief the person experiences from a relaxation massage will be short-lived.

When receiving a therapeutic massage, it is vital that you communicate with your massage therapist.  Before the massage even begins, tell your therapist how much pressure you can handle.  If you need lighter pressure or a gentler modality, just say so.  During the massage, don’t hesitate to speak up if you need the therapist to change how they are doing something.

Remember that even therapeutic massages can feel good and leave you relaxed afterwards.  And as your problems are massaged out, the relaxation will last longer and longer.

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