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aye, there's the rub

I had my first ever massage yesterday!! A friend of mine is in massage school and needed volunteers for practicing. OMG, IT FEELS SO GOOD.

Apparently I have lower back issues (as I have complained about my back before that shouldn't come as a surprise) and am crazy tense, especially in my shoulders. Oh, and I go crunch a lot. That didn't surprise me either as I crunch a lot during yoga when I'm doing shoulder stuff.

I really felt a big difference after the massage, both immediately afterwards and all day today. I feel like my arms are looser if that makes any sense. I feel more relaxed still, almost 24 hours later. I'm really looking forward to another one, to see if it does even more for my shoulders - yay!

I probably asked too many questions during the massage because 1) it was my first so I had no idea what I should be doing (Do I put my arm here? What if I drool?) and 2) I was curious about everything - vocabulary and terms, why certain moves were done and what are their effects, the oils and equipment, etc. That part was fascinating. Plus, he's a really good friend - so there was also a lot of giggling. A lot. Like friends kept busting in to "check on us," which was even funnier.

Despite the giggling, it was amazing. I can see why they call it massage therapy because it really does positively affect your body. At one point one of my arms was longer than the other! How cool is that? He evened them up after working on the other arm, of course. And there was a really cool tingling effect when working on my lower back that felt incredible. I would like to write more, but I don't have the words for it yet other than "Do it! You need to do it!!"

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madladyred
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
He said my shoulders would probably take three or four sessions to get them where they ought to be. There's a particular tool they can use to have a better impact, but he couldn't start out with that because it would hurt right now - I'm not ready for it. So he's apparently laying the ground for future sessions. Nothing he did particularly hurt, he tried to get right up to the point w/o crossing over too far. There was one leg thing he did that hurt some (he said something about the muscle being too tight) but we decided to save that for another time. :)
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madladyred
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Monkeys has carpal tunnel, too. I'm really hopeful the messages will make him feel *much* better.
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herzograven
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
not trying to be a smartass or a super expert (which im neither of), but if it hurts there's something else wrong with it and a lot of physical therapists keep pushing when they shouldn't

my wife had a deteriorating joint and this dumbass physical therapist kept pushing it thinking it was just muscles that were tight ... and she kept bending and stretching her finger in ways that wasn't even remotely good for what was wrong inside of her hand

that's my issue with PTs, they learn a little and then they're ready to diagnose and go way out of their scope of practice

as massage therapist we're FORBIDDEN to push anything that's even remotely painful .... just in case there's something going on inside the body that might get worse by applying more pressure - we don't have the knowledge for that, we can't mess with it, which is also why you need to go and get some tight joints/muscles worked on continuously, the repetition of the therapy is what helps bring it back to normal
theyearilost
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm not a good massage client. I have this phobia about people I don't know touching me, so unless the therapist is someone I know I end up leaving in worse shape than I went in. Luckily, one of my best friends is a massage therapist, so as long as she's in town, I'm good to go.

The day after, I always feel like I got hit by a truck. But it's the good kind of hurt, and well worth it.
madladyred
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
For the first couple of minutes it was weird to think "Hey, I'm not wearing anything under this sheet! This is weird." After that, I was okay. I think it did help that it was a friend.

He's going to learn deep tissue massage - yay! I'm sure that will feel like being hit by a truck, but I'm very excited about that.
herzograven
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
yea lucky you, my first experience was mostly naked in canada, then in class it was a french guy with a heavy french accent .... sheesh!

your deep tissue will most likely NOT hurt because your body will be used to being massaged, like with everything you have to build up a tolerance for it gradually .... if i had applied 100% pressure under your scapula last night, you'd be hating me today, but i left it at a pretty mild level of pressure so your body doesn't freak out

so when i learn deep tissue and hot stone methods end of the year, you should feel pretty kickass afterwards (especially if done in the right order)

:D
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herzograven
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
same thing happened to me during my first massage, which was in canada
and the MAIN reason was because they have NO requirements for "draping" there, so you're just laying there on the table in front of some stranger in your underwear ... sheesh! (damn canadians)

so yes, i also felt worse coming out of the massage than going into it
it's really a preference thing, some people don't want to be judged by people they know so they go to strangers, others don't wanna go to people they know cause they don't wanna talk during the session, and others prefer to see someone they know cause that's the only way they'll relax and be worked on

also, if you're sore the next day, ask them to apply less pressure next time, that usually helps - and drink at least 12-16 oz of water afterwards, there are toxins that need to be flushed after a massage and if you don't water they go right back to your muscles and get stuck ... then you end up feeling like crap (sort of like the day after lifting weights)
theyearilost
Mar. 17th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Most of the time, my massage is preceded by a visit to the chiropractor, so I'm basically just getting beaten up for a day anyway. And both of them are extremely solicitous about my level of pain. Some of it could be that I'm slack about rehydrating afterwards.
disbandedtoastr
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
MAN! Stupid headache! I missed all the fun!

I can't wait for my turn!!
Woot!
disbandedtoastr
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
For some reason, I want to use this same Dr. Tran icon and make a icon for raven only have "Dr. ImTran" written across the bottom.

The thought of that makes me giggle.
Alot.
=o)
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herzograven
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
told your lazy ass to get over last night but nooo .... you ditched us big time
that's why that headache wouldn't leave you ... cause it knew you ditched your friends

sucka

anyway, if you still have the headache by tuesday, i'll try to kill it
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herzograven
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
really glad you liked it and it didn't creep you out (much)
nothing like when i told redd she'll see something new if she took her pants off :D

also, i'm sorry i totally forgot, i should have applied biofreeze to your L2 (lumbar vertebra 2) .. incorrectly known as "lower back" (i wish they taught this shit in schools so people would be more educated about their own damn body!) - that would have been even a greater pain relief .... remind me next time to NOT forget biofreeze .... cool?

the giggling was of course something neither of us could've helped even if we tried ... i mean it was inevitable, next time we should record it on video and post it up on youtube as "massage therapy fail" :D and share our insanity with the world

really glad you liked it and didn't take any negative experience with you towards MT
i'll always try natural remedies, cause if they work, they have no side effects, if not i'll move onto the pharmaceutical crap (not trying to preach, they both have their place, if i'm in a car accident don't give me green tea, take me to the ER!, hehe, we should just be smart about what we do and put into our bodies)
disbandedtoastr
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Hey, along with that Biofreeze I bought online, I also got a sample pack of other types of pain relieving gels to try. One of the samples I got was for something called “CryoDerm” that 10% menthol. (By comparison, Biofreeze is 3.5% menthol.) The other 5 or 6 samples were between 1% and 3.5% menthol. It makes me wonder what the CryoDerm is going to be like. I wonder if it’ll burn like crazy! I wanna try it, but I’m also afraid…
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