For those with sore backs, shoulders or who are in pain, then perhaps a deeper tissue massage is more for you.
After all, if you are really wanting your muscles worked on, a relaxation massage simply isn’t going to cut it.
Soft and fluffy, whilst lovely if it’s your towel, will annoy you if your body is crying out for some something firmer work.
So, look for a therapist that has experience or qualifications in this area. In Australia, check they have a Certificate IV in massage or a Remedial Diploma.
When you book, let them know what it is you want from your massage so that you get a therapist that can give you the massage you would like.
Good Things Come In Small Packages
Don’t assume if your therapist is female or looks like she would be blown away in the wind, that she can’t do a deep style massage.
Some of the hardest therapists, the ones most awesome at doing a deep style massage and who have caused me the most pain, have been tiny.
Looks are deceptive, so just like a first date, assume that your initial impression can be deceptive.
What If The Massage Is Too Painful?
Similarly, if you ask at the beginning for a firm style massage, and during the massage you are find that the therapist has jumped way over your pain threshold, don’t hold back the tears, simply lift your head from the table and ask them to go lighter.
Massage is not a contest on how well you can suck it up.
It’s meant to be enjoyable.
So, whilst a little pain can help your body, don’t suffer through a massage to the point where you are sobbing into the head rest in pain.