15 Massage Therapist Related Questions

Regular massage can undoubtedly benefit a triathlete; studies have shown that massage can improve flexibility, speed recovery, and prevent injury. However, the massage itself raises questions, some of which are too embarrassing to ask. Is a massage supposed to hurt like this? When is the best time to book a massage appointment? Is it necessary for me to wear underwear?

What happens if I sneeze or fart

Triathletes John Sanders and Robin Wooten, owners of Next Level Massage Education, have heard it all (and more). Their responses to Triathlete readers’ massage questions:

What is the distinction between a relaxation massage and a sports massage

A relaxation massage is more superficial, non-specific, connective, and flowing than a therapeutic massage. A sports massage, on the other hand, is more vigorous and uses a variety of modalities, including relaxing Swedish-style massage techniques. Sports massage is more stimulating, and it must sometimes match the athlete’s intensity. It can be sport-specific and should be incorporated into an athlete’s regular training regimen. I don’t think the pressure is strong enough, but I don’t want to offend my massage therapist. So, what should I do now? To provide the best therapeutic massage possible, communication between the client and the therapist is essential. A professional massage therapist should not be offended if a client requests more intense work or a slight left or right movement. If they become offended, find a new therapist.

Is there such a thing as too much pressure, or should I accept whatever I can

Yes, indeed. Although a therapeutic massage can be intense at times, it should never be painful. It is counterproductive to receive a painful massage.

What should I do if I start to feel ticklish while getting a massage

Make contact with your therapist. To help reduce the sensation, the therapist will adjust their touch/technique.

Why do I get a headache after getting a massage

Massage has an effect on vascular circulation, which can cause headaches in some people. In addition, being face down in the face rest can put too much pressure on the sinus cavity, which can cause a headache. Turn your head to the side to help you breathe if you’re experiencing excessive congestion, which is quite common. If your face rest is uncomfortable because it is angled too low or too high, tell your therapist.

Is it normal to bruise after a session every now and then

No, it wasn’t from a sports massage. Yes, bruising may occur if the treatment includes structural integration techniques due to the intensity of this type of work. Is it true that not wearing underwear (or wearing underwear) makes a massage more effective? If the athlete requires a relaxing massage, being fully undressed allows the therapist to work on all areas of tissue without having to work through the sheet. However, this has no effect on the massage’s effectiveness. A skilled sports massage therapist can still be effective while working through clothing or sheets. If the client prefers to wear underwear, they should do so because it will allow them to relax on the table without fear of being exposed. If the athlete will be stretched extensively, wearing underwear/shorts/sports bra will allow the massage therapist to drape their athlete without being encumbered by a sheet. Before the session, talk to your therapist about what you should wear to meet your needs and desires. During a massage, I farted. I was mortified, but I pretended nothing had happened. Is it possible that I should have said something? It would be nice if you could say “excuse me.” “What else did you have with your broccoli last night?” I asked my client the last time this happened. We both burst out laughing! This is known as a “release” in the massage world. It will take place. Yes, there may be some giggling. On occasion, I doze off at the table. Is it more difficult for the therapist as a result of this? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no In fact, it could be construed as a betrayal of trust. When a client feels so at ease and trusts you that they fall asleep on the table, it’s a huge compliment—they’ve completely surrendered to their therapist. A client who talks throughout their massage will not benefit from the full healing process that the therapist is attempting to provide. Triathletes are frequently injured and/or completely stressed out as a result of their rigorous training schedule. The athlete may require a break from therapeutic work and a relaxing put-me-to-sleep massage on occasion.

My massage therapist is pleasant, but she is chatty. I'm not sure how I'm going to tell her I'd rather not talk

Make contact with them. Tell them you’d like a private session. Let the therapist know that you are not trying to be impolite by not responding or participating in their conversation; you simply want to be fully immersed in your therapy session. Your therapist will understand, and if they don’t, you should find another one.

It's the first time I've ever had a massage. Is it necessary for me to schedule one before my race next week

Yes, indeed. However, it is critical that you inform your therapist that you have never had a massage before and that you do not want an overly intense massage. Schedule your massage three days prior to your race, and ask for moderate pressure, nothing too intense, a full body massage, and some stretching. And be sure to communicate! Allowing them to go too deep or too intense is not a good idea. Make your post-race massage appointment one or two days after the race.

Is there ever a situation or injury where massage might make things worse rather than better

Yes, there are some circumstances in which a massage should not be performed: an acute injury, an open wound, or a feverish athlete, to name a few. A massage therapist’s first responsibility is to do no harm. If you’re unsure, talk to your therapist.

How far ahead of time should I book a massage for a race

Hopefully, the athlete’s training schedule includes maintenance and rehabilitative massage. Most people get a pre-race massage three days before the race and a post-race massage two days after the race. Two to three days prior to competition, an athlete’s body can benefit from moderate to intense massage therapy, which should not hinder but rather enhance performance. Because every athlete’s body is unique, knowing yours will help you determine how close to race day you should get bodywork.

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