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Should Massage Hurt?

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Does massage need to hurt to be effective?

NO, absolutely not. There is the misconception of “no pain, no gain” or “hurt so good” about massage therapy. Why would you want your massage therapist to inflict more pain on an already painful area? Pain is not the same as mild discomfort. When receiving deep tissue or therapeutic massage there may be some discomfort. However, it doesn’t benefit you if you can’t breathe through the applied pressure, you feel like jumping off the table or you find yourself tensing up during the massage.