Massage is a great way to relax and reduce stress, but it can also cause damage if done incorrectly. Excessive massaging can lead to pain, bruising, and even muscle strain. It is important to talk to your massage therapist about pressure and respect your preferences. You may also experience some degree of muscle pain or tension after a massage, which is normal.
It is important to take care of yourself after a massage and find a massage therapist who is curious and cares about your sensory experience. If you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or are taking certain medications, you may need to avoid or limit deep tissue massages. If you experience neck or back pain after a massage or on an ongoing basis, it is important to see your doctor.