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March 16th, 2006

My employer invited a company to our office that offered 15-minute massages today for $13.50. Since I’ve never had a professional massage before (yes, you’re not the only one who was shocked to learn that), I decided to give it a try. The masseuse had this funky chair that I sat (kneeled on?) while she gave my neck and shoulders a beating. It was painful! Does that mean I’m too tense, or she sucked? Don’t know. I enjoyed the lower back rub, as well as her massaging my hands, but my neck still hurts a bit. Overall, I felt pretty good after the fact. I’d consider doing it again, although I think I’d prefer it more if the person wasn’t so rough and also if they were a man named Nick. (Inside joke.)

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  1. Heather
    March 16th, 2006 at 21:13 | #1

    I don’t think a lot of them know how hard they are giving a massage unless you tell them it’s too hard. I had one once and didn’t say anything and ended up in pain for 3 days after.

  2. paulw
    March 17th, 2006 at 11:25 | #2

    We used to get regular chair massages for a long time, and we’ve been getting full-body massages for years and years. You’ve got to be sure to speak up and give feedback.

    For instance, when we first started weekly chair massages, I would always spend a lot of time with the massage therapist getting the chair adjusted just right for me before we would get started. It really made a world of difference, even if it took a lot of time for the first several sessions.

    Everybody’s got their own massage preferences. Be sure to tell the person doing yours what you do or don’t like. You don’t have to wait until the end of the 15 minutes to speak up, either.

    Also, massage therapists can REALLY vary a lot from person to person. There are some whose style I can’t stand, or they’re not as strong as I like. So if you’ve got one you didn’t like, you should try another. And if you get one you do like, try to keep going back to that person.

    Finally, you can be really tense and full of knots deep down without even knowing it until someone starts working on you. Your first 15-minute chair massage won’t necessarily make you feel perfect and wonderful, because sometimes the massage is only the begining of releasing your tension and your body has to work it out over the next couple of days, especially at first. Getting regular massages is what really starts to make longer-lasting changes.

    Oh yeah, and drink plenty of water after a massage. ;-)

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