Self massage?

Discussion in 'Injuries and Prevention' started by CrowZer0, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    Is it and can it be as/more? Effective than getting a massage from someone else? I try to get a full body deep tissue massage every couple of weeks, my main problem areas, or places that I really like a massage are around the head, ears, neck, shoulders and back. I can reach those places pretty easily myself and many a times I know exactly how much pressure, and exactly where I want attention.

    So what is the benefit of getting a massuese in this scenario? Is it more a relaxation/treat thing? Or is a qualified massuese just so much better?
  2. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    This thread is absolutely not what I was expecting from the title.......
  3. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    I cannot think of anything humourous about this thread whatsoever.
  4. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    An unusual opening post, but I'm sure the thread will receive a happy ending.
  5. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    Being serious...I find self massage like self tickling. It just doesn't feel the same when you're doing it to yourself.
  6. Morik

    Morik Well-Known Member Supporter MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Ditto. Very easy to reach parts I can try to massage myself (mostly arms & legs), but even with those its not quite the same. Plus compared to the masseuse, I know practically nothing about what I'm doing.
  7. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    Will that cost extra?:ban:
  8. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    Foam rolling fulfils the same purpose as a massage, but without the masseur. It can in fact prove more effective, as soft tissue mobilisation techniques should be done without any days off. Your massage performed once every couple of weeks by another person is probably achieving no real change in your tissues in the long term due to the layoff between applications.

    Massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release, or whatever you want to call it, is an important element in flexibility training because it addresses sliding surface dysfunctions that stretching typically does not. However, you need to make sure you're doing it right - go slow, go against the muscle grain, and go for at least 2 minutes.

    Your mileage may vary with that last point, being fairly old and all. :D
  9. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Apparently the arcade isn't the only reason to get a supporting membership ;)
  10. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    I heard it feels pretty good.
  11. EdiSco

    EdiSco Likes his anonymity

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  12. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    If you know what you're doing, and why, and how to do it, then yeah, if you can reach the areas, it's worth it. If you're only poking blindly and don't even know how the muscles underneath are arranged, then... less so.

    Also, lol.
  13. TwirlinMerlin

    TwirlinMerlin Valued Member

    My idea of self massage is rolling around on a hard floor trying to work the knots out of my back. I imagine I look something like an overturned turtle with neurological problems, but it does help.
  14. Pearlmks

    Pearlmks Valued Member

    So... Like your profile pic?:D
  15. TwirlinMerlin

    TwirlinMerlin Valued Member

    Pretty much like that! But I promise, that's not me in the pic. That's my cat. But he must have learned it by watching me... (tear)
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  16. SWC Sifu Ben

    SWC Sifu Ben I am the law

    Same, but with a lacrosse ball or two under me. Painful but worth it.
  17. Nojon

    Nojon Tha mo bhàta-foluaimein

  18. Skiptowncat

    Skiptowncat New Member

    Lying on a foam roller and various sized plastic balls is my nightly ritual. It can be painful but it definitely helps. I go see a Physio about once every 4-8 weeks now instead of once a fortnight.

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