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post #1 of 8
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I went for my massage today. It wasn't at all what I was expecting!

Can't you get a massage anymore where you lay there and they massage the achy parts?!

I had to fill out a form. Then sit there while she asked me a hoard of medical questions, then put me through a bunch of range of motion assessments.

Then she had me lay on my back while she pressed on my pecs and moved my arm in all kinds of directions. Then she deviated my wind pipe where I had a bit of difficulty breathing while she dug around behind it at some muscle.

She spent about 10 minutes of the 50 minute massage on my upper back and shoulders. And about 5 minutes for each foot.

It was "ok". I felt less achy in general and my feet did feel better. But it was more like "exercise" than massage at times!

I was expecting to just lay there comfortably on my stomach while she massaged my back, neck, shoulders and feet for a entire hour.
post #2 of 8
Deppends on where you go. If you want them to rub where you tell them too and that's it I suggest going to a salon or spa.
post #3 of 8
There's a huge difference between massage therepy and "going for a massage" (which is what you'd get at a salon/spa/beauty place).

Going for massage therapy IMHO is definately worth it. There's days I come out and I ache because she does deep tissue massage, but after the initial achiness, I feel great.

Sometimes too, you have to see a couple different therapists before you find one that works for you.

My first RMT was good, but not what I needed. She had a light touch, and my back injury is located within the deeper thoracic tissue so light touch does not help. I came upon my current RMT through a recommendation, and she is wonderful. She definately earns the cost of the massage when she works on my back. It is a lot of work to get to where I need to be gotten LOL. Deep tissue massage is alot different than reg. massage.

If you go again, your next appt. will be more massage time than this one. The paperwork is a nessecity tho... my RMT usually books 90mins for a first appt. (30 for the paperwork, the rest for the massage)

But if you are just looking for "massaging of the achy parts" you're better off going to a spa/salon/etc rather than massage therepy. (as twistychik said).
post #4 of 8
The first massage is always like that. It drives me nuts when you NEED a massage and they go through all that. Just go to the same person next time, and tell her you would like her to concentrate on a particular and she will. They'll still do everything else because achiness in one part generally makes everything else tight, and it helps to loosen everything.

Sorry you didn't get what you want
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I went for my massage today. It wasn't at all what I was expecting!

Can't you get a massage anymore where you lay there and they massage the achy parts?!

I had to fill out a form. Then sit there while she asked me a hoard of medical questions, then put me through a bunch of range of motion assessments.

Then she had me lay on my back while she pressed on my pecs and moved my arm in all kinds of directions. Then she deviated my wind pipe where I had a bit of difficulty breathing while she dug around behind it at some muscle.

She spent about 10 minutes of the 50 minute massage on my upper back and shoulders. And about 5 minutes for each foot.

It was "ok". I felt less achy in general and my feet did feel better. But it was more like "exercise" than massage at times!

I was expecting to just lay there comfortably on my stomach while she massaged my back, neck, shoulders and feet for a entire hour.
Consider one of the many available massage chairs on the market. You can program them to do exactly what you want. I had back pain for many years and for the last two years that I have had the chair, I have been free of back pain.
post #6 of 8
I went to massage therapy for my neck problems and I wanted a brutal massage. My muscles are so tight in my neck I need an serious aggresive massage. I tried the massasge therapy a few times and it did nothing for my neck!

I have a homemedics massager that helps me more than anything.
post #7 of 8
You know, I've been meaning for YEARS to go to a salon to get a massage while on my Xmas vacation. I really was going to do it last year...didn't. I've never had one.

I do have one of those seat pads with heated 3-zone massage--not bad. The day after Xmas, WalMart marked teir massage stuff down 50%, so I bought a full-length pad--still in the box (and so is the paraffin wax manicure machine!). Problem is, my back, for once, has not been bothering me!
post #8 of 8
I wish a message chair would be enough for me, I have a leaky disc and advanced enough arthritis that I'm stuck with this. Activity and keeping those muscles strong is the only thing that honestly helps... baring that an ice pack and an anti inflammatory calms it down some.

I can't really let people message me. Much to sensitive to pressure, too many trigger points, plus I believe it's not entirely wise to message over arthritis (at least if there's active inflammation at the time).


Sounds more like a PT session than message. But if it helped, good.
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