This article was published on August 23rd, 2014
Your boyfriend my think he’s one of the best as giving massages as he’s kindly rubbing the back of your legs, but unfortunately for you, it’s probably one of the worst massages you’ve ever had. After a hard workout, your tired and aching muscles want relief from the tightness and pain. They are crying out for more than just a casual rub down. What you really want is a deep tissue massage.
Even if you’ve accepted that you’re boyfriend is not that great at giving massages, or that he’ll fix your aches and pains, you let him rub you down. It’s never an enjoyable or relaxing experience, he either uses too much or too little pressure, and frequently passes over the places that you know really need worked on. Even if you do end up feeling relaxed, you always end up having to reciprocate the favour.
Besides the terrible massage you’ve just received, it turns out that your boyfriend has dripped massage oil all over your 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, which if it’s not treated and taken care of immediately, can leave permanent stains. Yikes! It just keeps getting from bad to worse with every moment that passes.
As if that wasn’t enough, you know the seemingly innocent massage is going to end up with the wrong kind of release. As your boyfriend massages you, his hands go from working on your back, shoulders and legs, into other areas which starts to feel like fondling and foreplay. Not exactly what your signed up for after a hard training session. His alleged amazing massages are a far cry from the therapeutic massage you really wanted and needed.
After a hard training session, if your sore, tight muscles aren’t being addressed, it’s time to let your boyfriend know that you’ll be going somewhere else for your massages for now on. No, it’s not like you are cheating on him with someone else, or that you don’t appreciate his good intentions, but you really do need the help of professional hands to get that kink out of your neck or knot out of your shoulder.
The days of Rub and Tug massage parlors are a way of the past, and todays massage therapists are trained professionals who go through thousands of hours of schooling at accredited institutions, passing rigorous written and practical exams.
Unlike your boyfriend, a trained massage therapist can help relieve your muscles from everything from sports injuries and headaches, to jaw pain, complications from car accidents, to complicated health conditions. Massage therapy can even help the average person feel their best with a full body massage which can increase circulation and reduce stress, leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. More importantly, a massage therapist won’t get tired or distracted two minutes into your massage, unlike your boyfriend.
To get the full benefit of your workouts and overall health, it’s time to start seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis.