Should I feel any pain during my massage?
Nope. If you are experiencing any pain during a massage, even a deep tissue massage, something is wrong. The muscle “guards” itself when blunt trauma is imminent by involuntary contracting (called “muscle guarding), and thereby knitting the fibers together to form a wall of protection. This is not conducive to breaking those fibers apart to relax the surface muscles in order to get to the trouble-makers a few layers deep.
An experienced massage therapist knows this, and thoroughly warms up and gently stretches the muscles first before going deep enough to cause any pain or discomfort. The back has seven layers of muscle and deep tissue requires relaxation of the outermost layers first in order to access the deeper layers where most clients’ culprits lie. There’s no such thing as too deep, just too soon.
I use a variety of stretching and relaxing techniques with slow, broad-surface, deep pressure to minimize any discomfort. Clients report minimal soreness the next day with much looser muscles and no pain.