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No Pain, ALL Gain

In my early days as a Massage Therapist, a big macho male client would walk into my office wanting a deep tissue massage. He would look at my small stature and youthful glow (this is 10 years ago, mind you) and ask if I was capable of offering such a massage with the pressure they required. 

I would smile and assure him that it would be ok, while inwardly rolling my eyes and wishing I could dig my elbow in as hard as I could just to teach them a thing or two about the power of proper body mechanics! 

Though I did take the high road and not punish them with my deep pressure wrath, I did take a moment to tell them that "deep tissue" means getting deep into the tissue, not always using deep, painful pressure.

You see, the body tenses up when it doesn't feel safe. When we push too hard, be it with pressure, while we work out, or just in life in general, it can actually cause us to tense more, instead of releasing and relaxing. 

I see this a lot with stretching, as well. We want to rush and force ourselves into a certain stretch, but that force can signal a stress response and keep us from stretching further. Most of us are more flexible than we think, it's our approach that's the problem. 

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