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12:10pm 20/05/2010
 
 
terrencechan posting in massage
Hi,
I am a massage client, not a practitioner. I joined this group a while ago because I'm very curious about how massage works even though I am not a professional.

Something that comes up in a majority of the massages I receive is this weird pain I get in my back when there is deep pressure on the right side of my spine. It is only on the right side, and it is almost always only if the therapist uses thumbs or elbows. If the practitioner uses palms it's usually fine. It is hard to describe the feeling, but it is uncomfortable to the point where I will spaz out and leg will reflexively jerk. It's like this combination of feeling tickled and in pain. The therapist is usually weirded out by this at which point I have to explain all of the above. However if the exact same pressure if applied to the left, it's totally fine. To my knowledge I have no real other similarly sensitive spots on my body.

The sensitive area is all up and down my spine, and I think it's along that big bulgy muscle that runs the length of the spine. When the therapist applies pressure really close to the spine, it does not produce a reaction, but a couple centimetres out and I'm spazzing like a freak. And some (rare) therapists who are really good manage to apply thumb/elbow pressure to that side of my spine without causing my freak-out reaction. I have had this thing for pretty much as long as I can remember getting massages, which is at least 6-7 years now.

I dunno what's going on with my body or what, maybe you guys have some insight if you have seen this in your clients. Thanks!
 
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 biobabe
 
05:41pm 20/05/2010 (UTC)
 
 
I'm the Dead Head Sticker on the Cadillac of Life.
I am a therapist and a client! I have something similar: there is one spot that I warn people about. When it is touched, it's actually slightly numb, but I jump. It causes no pain. If it approached lightly and warmed up it usally relaxes. I have no idea what causes it either. I have been told it was a 'reflex arc'. Not sure if that is the accurate term. It is a neuro term in A&P.

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 new_shit
 
09:50pm 20/05/2010 (UTC)
 
 
This is the new shit.
I'm a therapist and I get lots of massages. I have a similar problem, and I've seen this on a bunch of clients too (at least the first part). The best kind of pressure seems to be with the flat of the palm until the spasming has gone down, then I'd start with maybe some light pressure with forearms/elbows, and see how that goes. Some people are just very sensitive in that area for whatever reason (I remember it from when I was a young child). I get worked on about once a week now, and it hardly ever bothers me anymore now.

I don't see why anyone would be weirded out by that though. People spasming when you hit a pressure point (which are different on different people) is pretty common.
 
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 kushielsfire
 
09:51pm 20/05/2010 (UTC)
 
 
Nicole: massage
We're all wired differently, but barring an injury, that could be a part of your wiring! Are you working with the same therapist? If you stick with the same person they will remember your spot, and avoid it or work it if need be.
picword: massage
 
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