Saturday, February 19, 2011
My Massage Adventure
Today I had my first professional massage in almost a year. My legs and back were starting to me constantly sore and I figure it wouldn't hurt to have someone who knew what they were doing, to get in there and squeeze out all that wonderful lactic acid.
I booked an appointment at a spa that I've visited before so I wasn't really worried about being disappointed. It was, however, my first experience with a deep tissue massage. Usually I've just gotten the regular ol' Swedish massage.
I have to say, I quite enjoyed the deep tissue massage. I don't know if it was because my back and legs were just riddled with knots and were essentially as solid as rocks but really the deep tissue massage felt like a regular massage but with really firm pressure, which is what I prefer anyway. (In all my other massages the masseuse never used firm enough pressure and left going, well I feel better...for now.)
I do have to say I feel immensely better. Before, when I booked a massage it was always the neck and back portion that I looked forward to the most. The rest was just kind of filler. In fact, I always wished that I could ask them to just spend the entire 60 minutes on my back and forget the rest of my body. But not this time. This time I was looking forward to the leg portion of the massage just as much as I was the back/neck portion. My masseuse actually commented a couple of times about how intensely tight my calf muscles were. When she started on those it was a bit painful at first, but a good pain.
The one thing I always forget about getting a massage is how much my nose runs when my face in the little donut thing. It never fails that about 20-30 minutes in, my nose starts dripping and no matter what I do, I can't stop it. And it tickles! I mean, it's like gross snot or anything. Just a drop of nose juice I guess. I really have no clue.
Anyway, to conclude this rambling, I feel great. I really need to remember to get massages on a more regular basis during my training for the Brooklyn Half.