Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

The pressure question comes up all the time in massage therapy. How deep is too deep?

As with many treatments affecting soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy may cause some discomfort, but it is not harmful when it is provided in thoughtful and professional way. Here’s how I think about it.

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Can I exercise after my massage?

There are a number of things to consider, here are my guidelines:

Is your activity strenuous, or something that is more gentle and restorative in nature? Think of the difference between trying to run a 10k PR and going out for a leisurely jog or even a brisk walk.

Timing is also an important consideration. Do you want to exercise immediately after your massage or will you have a few hours before your activity?

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