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Gypsy Jazz
9/25/2005 10:20pm,
I searched around the forums a bit and found nothing on massage in any sort of detail. Ever since hurting myself a little while ago, my back has been very tight so I have been considering a massage to help relieve some of the tension (combined with stretching of course).

I don't know much on the topic, but I'm sure some of you do. It seems like there are hundreds of types of massage out there and I am curious to know what you found effective and what you did not. What is mostly for just feeling nice at the moment, and what tends to have longer term benefits?

I've had one massage proper in the past, but it was awful. I wish I could remember the name of the style, beacuse it didn't feel great as it happened and it didn't do anything to loosen up the muscles.

I am hoping this can actually be useful to those of us interested in massage for whatever reason, so let's try and keep the very easily made jokes to a minimum?

Mr. Mantis
9/25/2005 10:24pm,
I read somewhere that massage on a new "injury" is a bad idea, FYI.

I find a good rolfing always made me feel better afterwards.

PizDoff
9/26/2005 12:53am,
Keep in mind your doctor would be the best choice for a recommendation.


Active Release Therapy (ART) has been discussed here before, as well as your regular sports physiologist.


ART - http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=19468
Searching "Active Release" will yeild a few more threads about injuries.

Tourettes
9/26/2005 10:16am,
I'm a big fan of deep tissue massage - get it done once a month for 2 hours. When I'm really stressed, I get it once a week. It hurts, a lot, but it's so worth it for me. Keep in mind though, it's not for everyone - having an elbow slowly crushed down on your traps might not be your thing.

I've also had medical message (not bad but it feels a little light for me) and swedish massage (sucked - the masseuse nicked my package while working on my legs and I completely tensed up but prior to that, it was like someone lightly brushing my skin).

Finding a good masseur/masseuse is tough. Word of mouth is best. You can try asking your doctor, but i've found that talking to yoga instructors, nurses and other athletes is a much better way to find a good one.

Apostol
9/26/2005 4:45pm,
Find a physical therapist that can do myofascial release, it's not much of a massage but it will significantly improve your flexibility.

Zendetta
9/26/2005 4:55pm,
I teach massage therapy - i'll give pointers where I can.

Yes, you should not recieve massage at the site of a recent (acute) injury. If you do it will get more inflamed.

THere ARE many differnet styles. For general martial arts/fitness upkeep, a therapist who does sports massage and rehabilitative work is useful.

Some of my favorite styles are shiatsu (hurts-so-good, very energizing) and Thai Massage (think acupressure plus submission yoga).

FYI - ther preferred term is 'massage therapist' as opposed to 'massuer' or 'massuese'.

Kistrael
9/26/2005 7:16pm,
I've actually considered going into massage. I've been told I'm good at it and I hear there's good money in it.

Zendetta
9/26/2005 7:22pm,
One can make money if you are in a good environment. I live in Northern Californa now and lets just say that the culture out here is more 'open' to massage than back in South Carolina where I grew up.

Thaiboxerken
9/26/2005 7:24pm,
save your money and have a girlfriend rub your back.

Zendetta
9/26/2005 7:25pm,
Save yourself the trouble of listening to Ken and get someone with expertise.

Unless you just want to relax, in which case a backrub from Ken's girlfriend should do just fine.

Ming Loyalist
9/26/2005 8:10pm,
when i was training in thailand i got a 1 hr. thai massage every other day (at least) it was amazing.

at $3-$5 a pop it was well worth it.

now that i am back in nyc and they cost $150/hr i stick with the chinatown tui na massage (usually $35-$55/hr) and get them every 2-4 weeks to keep me limber.

i say sports massage, shiatsu, tui na or thai massage are all fantastic and well worth the time and money.

Quikfeet509
9/27/2005 12:04am,
I teach massage therapy - i'll give pointers where I can.

Yes, you should not recieve massage at the site of a recent (acute) injury. If you do it will get more inflamed.

THere ARE many differnet styles. For general martial arts/fitness upkeep, a therapist who does sports massage and rehabilitative work is useful.

Some of my favorite styles are shiatsu (hurts-so-good, very energizing) and Thai Massage (think acupressure plus submission yoga).

FYI - ther preferred term is 'massage therapist' as opposed to 'massuer' or 'massuese'.


I always thought you sounded like a hippie.

FredGarvinMP
9/27/2005 4:22pm,
I am by no means an expert, but my wife is a massage therapist (licensed in NY). She also has a master's in exercise physiology. She definitely helps me with my training. I absolutely benefit from her working with my hamstrings which are somewhat prone to getting out of whack. She also knows some of the best stretching techniques that just aren't possible to do without the help of a trainer.

Deep tissue is not always the way to go. It can sometimes lead to fellings like the flu or a cold supposedly because of releasing so many toxins from muscles. Sometimes a light (I think this is the right term) efflourage is a great thing to help reduce stress and simply help to relax. My wife concentrates on European (Swedish) massage and sports massage techniques.

Hope this helps.

Zendetta
9/27/2005 4:42pm,
I always thought you sounded like a hippie.

Dude, you have no idea. I even have a ponytail.

Fortunately, I am also from the south, which makes me part redneck. As such, my idea of a good time is goin out in the woods, smoking pot, hugging trees, and shootin' guns! :new_snipe

Tourettes
9/27/2005 5:50pm,
Deep tissue is not always the way to go. It can sometimes lead to fellings like the flu or a cold supposedly because of releasing so many toxins from muscles.


Definitely can - you have to drink a lot of water right after the massage to flush everything otherwise you're just wasting your time. Advil or Aleve the next day isn't such a bad thing either, though I'm used to the feeling and don't have to buffer any pain at this point.

FighterJones
9/27/2005 6:31pm,
MYOFACIAL FOR THE WIN