Magic Fingers, Butterfingers & Why You Should Never Be Afraid to Tell Your Neuromuscular Massage Therapist to Leave the Metal Hook Outside the Room

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Massage Los AngelesI was so excited to get to talk with comedienne Paula Poundstone on her podcast about the benefits of deep tissue and neuromuscular massage and bodywork. Paula is extraordinarily funny, and although we laughed our way through the interview, she was able to articulate a lot of fears that keep people from trying bodywork (including a very specific one involving a long metal pole with a hook on the end), even when they’re in pain.

Rational fear of metal hooks aside, Paula pointed out another thing many people are afraid of: being judged. Our therapists are trained professionals. We are looking at your muscles and body alignment, not thinking that you need to drop a few pounds.

Paula also mentioned the fear of letting one rip in front of the massage therapist. Once again, as professional neuromuscular massage therapists and bodyworkers, we know this is normal, even a good thing! Passing gas, rumbling stomachs, moaning and other sounds (so ably recreated by Paula), they’re all signs that the bodywork is working! Once again, we are here to help, not to judge.

Surprisingly, outspoken Paula admitted she is afraid to say if the pressure is too much and hurts. It is very important to let your therapist know if he or she has crossed your pain threshold.  Healing occurs at the Hedonic level, the place where it ‘hurts so good.’ We are always willing to back off and do not subscribe to the ‘no pain, no gain’ theory.

Another concern that was mentioned was that some places Paula had been to seemed to offer a bunch of ‘woo-woo’ hokum and quackery, like balancing an avocado seed on your back. She wanted to know how much of massage is based on belief versus scientific evidence. This is where we feel our neuromuscular massage  and trigger point massage therapists really stand out. At Massage Revolution’s Back & Neck Relief Center, we pride ourselves on being the leader in the nation for evidence-based bodywork. We want to help as many people as we can live healthier, pain-free lives without having to resort to surgery or pharmaceuticals.

As is the case with all things, different strokes for different folks and if you’re just looking to relax, a Swedish massage will probably be more your speed. But if you suffer from chronic pain, if you have trouble sleeping or if your pain interferes with everyday activities, neuromuscular massage, trigger point massage, advanced deep tissue and bodywork may be the answer for you.

* Important note: For those who listened to the podcast, you will be happy to know that the Butterfinger taste-test had no lasting effect on my ability to use adjectives. 




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