#1 The Deeper the Pressure, the better Muscle release.
I like to think of my approach as Deep Enough Tissue Massage.
It’s not a matter of if you can “take it,” it’s a matter of what’s the most effective approach.
If your nervous system feels like it is under attack, then your muscles will contract to protect you from a threat.
Especially in the case of long-standing pain, the central nervous system can become hypersensitive with reacting to information/stimuli in that area.
Creating a calming and relaxing environment and addressing areas globally then specifically is a good start.
I often work on the problem area, give it time to rest, and then readdress it. I also like to vary the massage technique, the approach, and the tools.
Doing all of this at a deep enough level to feel therapeutic, but not activate more tension is a very effective way to treat painful and tight tissue.
#2 The Benefits of Massage only temporary
We can hold our bodies in awkward positions, such as craning our neck to see a computer or phone, this can trigger neck, shoulder, and upper back pain.
Massage can help press the reset button on your pain, lengthen tight and shortened muscles, and help activate overstretched muscles to reeducate muscles to improve body mechanics and posture.
#3 You shouldn’t interrupt your massage therapist
Communication is key to a good massage.
My goal is to induce a relaxation response by activating your parasympathetic nervous system allowing your body and mind to reach a deeply relaxed state.
If I am doing something that is creating pain or discomfort that would activate your sympathetic nervous system making you ready for fight or flight; this is the opposite system we want to activate.
Communicating your expectations, areas to address, if the pressure is too much, and pertinent medical history are all extremely important in order for me to adapt the therapy session to reach our goals.