Have you ever gotten (or do you get) massages?

FPLOON

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Yes and it sucks that was essentially a Spider-Man equivalent to "Everybody gets one" in terms of overall experience... If only I got paid more then I would so have messages once a month, at least...

Other than that, I guess I'll just stick to self-messaging my feet for the time being...
 

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I've had "swedish massages" which is what most think of when they think of a massage, someone working your body with their hands and can be very relaxing. I've also had "thai massages" which utilize the elbows (and occasionally knees) to do a deeper, harder massage.

The latter can be very good for built up issues due to exercising whereas the former is more relaxing and stress releasing. I've also had a "deep tissue massage" from a qualified sports therapist as I was getting a lot of lower back issues with cycling (I used to do 100+ miles a day in training) and she focused on the area affected and although it didn't feel as tough as a thai (much more like a swedish) there was a "warming" of the area on the drive home and excruciating pain when I tried to cycle the day after (ie, actually started using those muscles again) but I gave it a few days and then they were fine and the problem had gone - she also gave me great advice on how to avoid the issue in the future (basically, doing herself out of repeat business).

So, although it's more expensive, my experience would suggest going to a sports therapist for you issues may be the best bet, not only will they get the "trouble areas" the best but they're a wealth of advice on avoiding recurrence.
 

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I went to school for Massage Therapy, and had about a year's worth of free massages by both professionals and students alike (some were great and some should pick a different profession). I recommend finding someone who does sports massage if you're doing workouts because those people specifically tailor their massage for athletic purposes and can help you recover better. There are various types of LMT's and all have different specialties.
I'll say this, when I was getting weekly massages, my back has never felt better and I'm usually in constant pain ranging from dull ache to "I want to fucking kill the next person who asks me if I'm OK" and also did not get my usual monthly migraines.
I did not finish due to a funding issue, but I wish I had been able to, I love the profession and have a much better working knowledge of the human anatomy due to the classes.
My biggest recommendation, find an LMT who can tell you the various muscles and their functions because thats a person who knows their shit. It also helps to learn a bit about your body in how those muscles work, which ones do what and all, because in workouts and exercise it can really help you figure out if what you're doing is actually beneficial or if you're going to end up hurting yourself because of what you're doing.
It never hurts to learn how things work.
 

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I got one in the hopes that it would help with the lingering after effects of a knee injury.

It was alright. Kinda relaxing.

I felt noticeably more balanced afterward. I mean literally, physically, balanced. I'd been ever-so-slightly favouring the bad knee for months and then all of a sudden I'd started standing properly.

So it was helpful, but it certainly wasn't the amazing thing some people describe a professional massage as though.
 

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Years ago, My family took me to get a professional massage using a Groupon of all things, so I imagine that made it slightly more reasonable. Personally, I loved it. I carry more tension than I tend to be aware of, so feeling all of it melt away was really nice. You can ask the masseuse to focus on specific parts of the body and to adjust how much pressure the use, so a little communication makes the experience pretty good.

Granted I know people who prefer to have a romantic partner do it because they don't need to be so cautious about not touching certain parts of the body. (Can't say I have much experience in that regard, but I'm also asexual, so it's not super relevant to me.) I do come from a family that exchanges massages quite a bit though, so I know the difference between amateur and professional. Both are nice, but I definitely see the merit of hiring a professional. Can't speak for justifying the cost though, as I have only had professional massages 1) on someone else's dime and 2) usually at a significant discount.
 

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I've gotten one at a parlor once that was pretty nice. I also try to treat myself a bit when I'm traveling because traveling sucks, so if I see one of those "Xpress Spa" places I'll usually stop for a decently long massage if I have time on my layover. Those places are hit or miss, though. The last one I got ended up hurting a lot because the guy kept digging in to my bones really hard with his elbows instead of working my muscles like you're supposed to. Friggin' amateur.
 

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Someone i know studied foot massage so i have had tons of free massages

I have only paid a professional a few times though, probably need to go straighten out my spine... been too many years
 
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tippy2k2 said:
Lil devils x said:
Mine isn't so much inflammation or joint pain (though that does happen if I do something stupid and push harder than I should), just a general soreness. It's nothing I can't live with (and I just bought this magnesium-fused water thingy [http://bestmicrofibercleaning.com/norwex-reviews-norwex-water-filtration-system/] that will hopefully help) since I've felt like this for about a year but if a massage would help get rid of the general soreness, it would be nice.

That last note is also good to know. I wasn't going to do a big workout afterwords since I figured it would probably effect your muscles, it's still useful to have the info.

Also as a side note, I love that bodybuilding website; I've been using it to learn about different exercises and those videos/demonstrations are incredibly handy.
Personal trainer here.

What is your cool down method post strenuous work? Stretch at all? Cardio?
 

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ObsidianJones said:
Personal trainer here.

What is your cool down method post strenuous work? Stretch at all? Cardio?
I do 40 min of weights. After weights, I do 2-3 minutes of stretching and then 40 min of either biking or elliptical.
 

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Yea, if it helps, keep doing it. I didn't really expound on what I meant by 'health benefits' in my post, but I've seen people claim massage as basically a panacea to anything and everything. Then you have some people telling you to 'drink lots of water after a massage to help flush out the toxins' (apparently released from the muscles during a massage), and other such nonsense. And that isn't even going into reflexology or hot stone massages.
Fair enough, though even some of the more mundane claims are disputed, leaving me doubtful of the actual efficacy.

The person who did me was also heavily into a lot of woo, and there's a lot of overlap there, so I'm not really surprised about the claims.
 

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Only when I'm on vacation.
I alwasy try to get a turkish bath/massage in the Hamam when I visit Turkey.
 

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I got one from a female teacher when I was in High School. Nothing sexual, as she's trained in it and cared for me. I've had back problems my whole life and she knew it with all the knots in my back. Afterwards, I felt like a hundred bucks.

So, if you go to a pro and pay good money, expect to feel great after it.

However, I've heard people say that it's basically just a temporary fix.
 
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tippy2k2 said:
ObsidianJones said:
Personal trainer here.

What is your cool down method post strenuous work? Stretch at all? Cardio?
I do 40 min of weights. After weights, I do 2-3 minutes of stretching and then 40 min of either biking or elliptical.
Further questions arise. Such as what are you lifting for? Hypertrophy? Power? Strength? do you do any bodyweight work? Any supplementation for pre or post work out? how much weight do you do compared to your One Rep Max? How many reps. How many times a week? how do you split your lifting load verus your rest period...

You know what? This might be a PM type of response on your part.
 

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I once got an Ayurvedic massage from a very experienced masseur in India. It was absolutely brilliant. It went for about an hour and they do almost every part of your body, and you just feel completely new afterwards. Good for muscles, mental health, everything.
 

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I haven't, but I'd like to. I get a lot of cramps and persistent pains, and in more recent years my body has only gotten a lot more sensitive to those pains. A nice massage would likely help.
 

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ObsidianJones said:
You know what? This might be a PM type of response on your part.
That would be wonderful if you're willing to give me your advice. Like I said, it's not awful but just a general soreness/stiffness.

I will PM you later today (I'm not at home).
 

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Never really tried it to be honest, I'm not really the type for it either, having learned to ignore pain for most of my young life. Though who knows, perhaps I'll give it a go next time I'm in Turkey or something.

They do have these massage stools whenever I go to the hairdresser. They fuck my back up bigtime everytime they turn them on. But I'm too polite to tell them to turn the darn things off :p
 

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It can be awkward the first few times, essentially because a stranger is moving about your mostly-naked body and you've just gotta trust them not to sink a knife in your back... but yeah, it's freaking awesome.

That said, I prefer feet and head massages - I find with full body massages, the non-massaged bits of me tend to cool off quickly which distracts me. Long sessions can also make my back/tailbone a bit uncomfortable if the bed is not shaped - which most aren't.