Everybody Deserves a Massage Week
“The healing touch of massage is one of the best gifts you can give your body,” writes Esme Floyd in Body Massage (Carlton Books, 2004). Touch, a basic human impulse, soothes the body and relaxes the mind, promoting physical and mental well-being. Massage sessions provide a safe space for you to relax, reflect, and feel comfortable in your own skin. When a massage therapist’s hands touch the skin, the effect can positively influence the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. Healing touch, a sensitive style of communication, speaks safety and comfort.
During the session, vocalize your needs as they arise. If the room is too warm or cold, say so. What if you feel pain during massage? When working on sensitive areas of your body, the therapist will begin slowly then move toward deep-tissue work. “You may experience some discomfort to begin with, but this should diminish after a few minutes as the muscles relax,” Costa says. This is comfortable pain. “Pain that causes you to wince, cry out, or tense up is probably not doing you any good.” Ask your therapist for less or more pressure, depending on your needs. Mind and Body (DK Publishing, 2003), Larry Costa.