I know about massages, I have had thousands upon thousands of them. It really doesn’t seem like yesterday anymore, thinking back many years ago to when I was a child. Even then as a young kid I loved getting rubbed. It was a gentle touch caressing my forehead, or just a light scratch across my back and legs. As I have grown older my body has been beaten up by the years. I also am the lucky recipient of arthritis and a birth defect in my lower back that causes backaches. I guess you would say these days, massage is not simply a luxury for myself, I truly need it to live and function. My sacrum must be pushed down often in order for me to be almost pain free.
Besides for pain management, there are many benefits to massage that can play a major role in overall well being. Not only can it help with blood circulation, muscle release, head aches, back pains, stress reduction, but it also can assist with toxin release among many other things.
The true testament to the many benefits a great massage can do for you, is how you feel when you get off of the table. I know for myself, being someone that has traveled a lot I would have different massage therapists often. Sometimes I was completely thrilled about their obvious talent, other times I was utterly disappointed. Once you are on the table and the body rub has commenced, there really isn’t too much you can do. Try to guide them as to your liking, hopefully being able to communicate with the CMT to modify the body work to your specific needs.
That is why a simple qualifying strategy can go a long way to help you avoid an awkward and costly mistake like picking the wrong certified massage therapist.One thing I have learned that’s really helped me from wasting money on a bad massage, is asking the massage therapist questions beforehand. Referencing specific muscles or work you need done and fully communicating your needs. You can ask in such a way that should elicit an educated response for the specific region that needs massaged. For example you could ask ” Can you explain to me a couple massage techniques you would use to work my psoas muscle?” I mention this particular major muscle because for myself I have had more than my share of back pain and for many years I could not figure it out. Until I found a CMT that truly knew human musculoskeletal system. It really wasn’t a hard fix to stretch the psoas and relieve me of much suffering of my lower back pain. If you ask specific questions related to your needs and the massage therapist doesn’t have much to say on the topic or seem educated about what you described to them, you may want to continue looking for the right fit. The difference between a “good massage” and a “life changing massage experience” can forever change your outlook on the power of healing that is found in these homeopathic remedies of the hands.
However to fix my lower back, my back did not even need to be touched! It is not what you would think when daydreaming of a remedy. They actually had me lay on my back and maneuvered my stomach around, having me raise my leg and lower it as the muscle was trapped down to provide stretch. I never would have thought my lower back pains could be fixed so easily. Having my psoas worked on reduced my lower back pain by 75% or more. I had complained of the same back pains to numerous massage therapists and even established brick and mortar shops that did not offer any real solution to my lower back pain.If you want the best massage out there, get to know your massage therapist. Ask them questions and any good massage therapist will have questions for you as well. They will ask things like what your particular needs are, any medical conditions and other pertinent information to help you get the best massage experience available. Also many of the CMT’s will focus on particular types of massage so you can choose one that focuses on the type you like. Some may only do deep tissue, or Swedish, or one of my favorites reflexology! That is the fancy name for it, I think of it as a foot massage made in heaven. Enjoy!