top of page

An effective massage doesn’t have to be painful.

While some may believe that intense painful pressure is necessary to relieve tension, in fact a more considered gentle approach can be just as – if not more – effective at alleviating muscle tension, with all the benefits that come from a relaxing massage. 


Here's why: 


Respect for the Body: Our bodies respond positively to nurturing touch. Applying excessive pressure can actually trigger the body's stress response, causing muscles to tense up rather than relax. A skilled massage therapist understands the importance of respecting the body's natural limits and works with the client's comfort level to achieve the desired results. 


Promoting Relaxation: A massage that feels good induces a state of calm and allows the nervous system to shift from "fight or flight" mode to "rest and digest." Time spent in this state promotes a range of health benefits - regulating heart and breathing rates, lowering blood pressure, promoting digestion and improving sleep quality. 


Integrating Techniques: A skilled massage therapist trained in a variety of techniques and styles will be able to alternate between focused deep pressure work and lighter strokes. By countering any discomfort with relaxing techniques, the body becomes more receptive to deeper pressure and less likely to tense up.  


Tailored to Individual Needs: Every body is unique, and what feels good for one person may not feel the same for another. A good massage therapist takes the time to listen to their client's needs and preferences, adjusting the pressure and techniques accordingly to ensure a comfortable and effective session. 


By focusing on respect for the body and personalized techniques, massage therapy can provide relaxation and healing without unnecessary discomfort.  

Want to know more? 

Contact Harbourside Physiotherapy today to get yourself booked in with Claire

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates!



bottom of page