Many people have very different ideas of what massage is and what it can do for them. They hear a lot of comments about the illegal kinds of massage, which is a strange concept when one thinks of the intimacy of massage. They also hear about how some people feel pain after a massage, where a therapist might have hurt them while trying to hurt them. And finally, they worry about being disrobed while having their massage.
Massage is one of the oldest therapeutic procedures in history. Going back more than 7,000 years, it’s been known that massage can produce feelings of euphoria in a person’s mind, as well as help to work out areas of muscle pain. It’s been more of a science in the last 4,500 years, thanks to Chinese medicine, and along with acupuncture has always been considered a legitimate therapeutic process in Eastern societies.
There are different techniques with massage. Each one is geared towards either making someone feel better or working on making muscles relax so people can feel better, even if it’s feeling better at a later time. There’s Swedish massage, which works more on specific areas of pain and muscle tension. There’s sports massage and deep tissue massage, which are similar in that they work on specific injuries. And there’s traditional touch massage, where the person will get a lighter touch, almost like a firm or soft body rub depending on what the person wants, where the intention is only to bring mental relief.
Deep tissue massages are the ones that can be painful. That’s because sometimes the muscle aches are coming from deep within the body, and a massage therapist has to work their way through all the different muscles and tensions to get there. The concentration in one area for a long time can be painful after awhile, but the idea is to get fresh blood flowing through that area, which can help it heal. Sometimes a massage therapist will feel tension in an area you might not have specified and their experience will cause them to start working on that area more deeply. If it gets uncomfortable, you always have the right to ask them to move on, or tell them at least that they’re hurting you.
Being disrobed helps a massage therapist get to the root of your issues, whether you’re there for pain, stress, or pleasure. Therapists often use oils or lotions to help their hands move across your body easier. However, no one is under any obligation to disrobe; it’s just that the massage one gets with their clothes on might not produce the same results it will without all those clothes on.
As for intimacy… well, the level of intimacy is always a shared choice. Massage can feel good, and if one can feel totally relaxed, their body will go places they might not expect. Therapists have seen it all, and the idea is to relax. If you’re worried about feeling uncomfortable, talk to your therapist about it before you begin your session. The therapist will be sure to avoid any areas where you might feel uncomfortable. After all, no one can relax if they’re worried about things happening.
Massages are relatively inexpensive, but always relaxing in some fashion. Every person should try a massage at least once in their lives. You’ll never believe what you’ve been missing.