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
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
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.