Massage on healthy tissue feels great. Massage around injured, painful, or tense areas can cause discomfort. It is important to communicate with your therapist during your session if you are uncomfortable. Tell your massage therapist how much discomfort you are willing to tolerate and NEVER let a massage therapist work deeper than you are comfortable with.
Deep tissue or injury treatment massage may leave you feeling sore for a day or two. Always let your massage therapist know how you felt, so he or she can adjust the massage as needed. Remember to drink water, cut down on caffeine and ask your therapist about mild stretching.
During a massage, you may notice that your muscles are sore, even though you had not noticed soreness before the massage. Here’s why: Each cell in your body, including muscle cells, is a tiny factory that takes in nutrition, produces energy, and outputs waste products. For example, contracting muscle cells require an energy source called ATP, which produces lactic acid. Muscles also burn oxygen, which produces carbonic acid, and protein, which produces uric acid.
If your body and circulatory system are working at peak efficiency, these waste products are flushed out of your body. However, often things aren’t working as well as they could because of stress, tension, too little exercise, too much exercise, medical conditions, and many other factors. Then waste products (all that acid and metabolic waste!) build up in your muscles, creating congestion that causes pain on touch. Massage, of course, helps clear out that congestion.