This article aims to dispel the myth that any therapeutic massage is painful. I will begin by highlighting the differences between light massage inducing pleasure and deep or tactile therapeutic massage or restorative massage.
In the first case, well-being massage has often been associated with massage parlors and the exploitation of our instinctive attraction to the sensation of pleasure received by touch. The pleasure centers of the brain are activated when we touch lightly and repeatedly by stimulating the excretion of neurotransmitters called endorphins. Endorphins are a drug that the body produces and distributes giving it a sense of pleasure. We experience this feeling when we run for a long period of time or by experiencing sex.
This feeling of pleasure produced by the presence of endorphins is often correlated with sexual arousal that occurs when the genitals or erogenous parts of the body are slightly affected: for example: tongue, lobes of the body. ear, navel, inner thighs, etc. The areas of the body are not targeted or treated during a relaxing and relaxing massage that one receives from a certified massage therapist trained in basic body massage. The incidence of sexual arousal never occurs in this context of contact when the intention is to reduce muscle tone and release physical and emotional tensions. The intention is not sexual arousal.
If someone desires to have sexual contact, then a massage parlor would be the right choice for that person and not a visit to a certified massage practitioner or therapist. Female sex workers in the Winnipeg massage therapist industry must have a massage therapist. license for police follow-up. These workers are not trained in corrective or therapeutic massage.
This brings me to the definitions and differences between a massage practitioner or bodyworker and a massage therapist. The massage practitioner or bodyworker practices stress reduction massage without any therapeutic intention other than pain-free relaxation. This type of massage should not hurt. And when it is done properly should not be painful.
A confusion sometimes appears between the client's anti-stress massage and the curative massage. The first type is meant to be nice and the second is not. On the other hand, the massage therapist has the therapeutic intent to target the painful areas of the body identified by consultation and assessment, and then use deep tissue massage techniques and amplitudes movement to eliminate sub-pain causes.
Who comes to the massage therapist for relief?
I personally work in a fitness center. Many of my clients are members with multiple types of pain: shoulder, neck, arm, back, legs etc. and not in a particular order. My job is to discover how they had these painful symptoms (bodybuilding, running), to reduce the tonicity of the tense muscles, to propose stretching adapted to the joints and to the muscle (s) involved; and recommends other hot / cold therapies for home care and possibly strengthening exercises for weak muscles.
Repetitive strain injuries represent the majority or the vast majority of my clients. There is often an associated inflammation of the tendons (tendonitis) or bursae for tendons (bursitis). The way to tell the difference is that bursitis is detected with passive movement of the joint while tendonitis is felt with active contraction of the muscle.
PAIN OR PLEASURE
By Roger Richard Fontaine, rmt
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