the good hurt
What I know to be true about massage effectiveness...
Massage therapy, like drinking water and exercise and good nutrition, is most effective when done consistently. It is said when you reach the point of thirst you have passed the point of dehydration and you have to catch up. The same goes with aches and pains in the body. If you wait until they worsen you are fighting an uphill battle to overcome them and you have the added anxiety (and expense) that comes along for the ride.
I practice massage and bodywork as a philosophy of well-being. After twenty years of practice, I know it is only truly effective when done consistently. It offers no fixes or cures. But what it does offer is infinitely more valuable. It offers peace of mind because you are holding the reigns of your own health and taking ownership of your body by receiving consistent, real-time feedback of the state of yourself. You achieve a better understanding of how it all works, and it’s that understanding that keeps you in a place of control, and at the end of the day that’s what we all want: to be able to control our bodies and ourselves and never feel the frustration that our body is betraying us.
Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water.