In my experience, pain is somewhat subjective, so it is helpful to further define what we're going for in a Deep Tissue Massage, and what an experienced Massage Therapist will try to avoid.
3 types of Hurt in a Deep Tissue Massage...
1) GOOD HURT
If you have ever had a friend, partner, or a Massage Therapist working on your shoulders, and they finally get to a spot that kind of hurts but actually feels GOOD when pressure is applied, then you already know this feeling. The Good Hurt. This is the feeling that keeps us in business. When you are feeling a “Good Hurt” for the majority of your session, you know you are seeing an experienced Massage Therapist who is actually skilled in deep tissue therapeutic massage. This is the way it SHOULD FEEL.
Progressive hurt is an important part of the healing process, and you should expect to feel this during parts of your session if you are trying to correct a chronic pain or limited range of motion condition (painful movement, tension headaches, computer shoulder, low-back pain etc.)
IMPORTANT: If your therapist takes you into progressive hurt, they should hold the pressure long enough for it to reduce back down to good pain. Some therapists will get to that perfect spot, apply a little bit of pressure, and quickly move on the the next spot… those are the sessions you could find yourself sore after the massage, or unchanged from when you first came in. If your LMT finds the right spots, but doesn't engage and HOLD the pressure long enough to get a muscle release, discuss it with the therapist as it is happening in the session.
3) UNBEARABLE PAIN
This is a level of pain you will find your body trying to escape from. The most common signs you are in unbearable pain — your body contracts muscles to protect itself and/or you find yourself holding your breath until the therapist hopefully eases off.
YOU SHOULD NEVER BE IN UNBEARABLE PAIN DURING A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE.
A good rule of thumb: if you catch yourself holding your breath…
tell us to back off - it is too much pressure.
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