At Starshine, we use this concept with hot and cold stones to relieve painful joints and chronically tight muscles that other techniques may not be helping. First, the cold addressed the pain-spasm cycle of a nerve leading to a muscle, and then the heat address the overworked muscle tissue.
We have tried a lot of massage products from pure oils to creams and lotions. We found that some didn't come out of our linens, making our sheets smell like a fast food fryer. Others contained phytoestrogens, common allergens, irritated the skin, or were not natural. Some absorbed too quickly, and yet others left clients feeling like they just swam out of an oil spill. Along the way, we also learned that having organic ingredients is not the same as being USDA Certified Organic. We were looking for therapeutic balms without petrochemicals, and it was not looking good.
Fascia is a matrix that carries data about tension from the motion of the body and external forces like gravity. Our skilled massage therapists, chiropractors, and body workers can explain to you how the fascia of your unique body is adapting to physical or emotional pain, creating habits of movement, committing to structure, and causing more dysfunction and/or pain. We'd be happy to work with you.
We are of the less is more school when it comes to massage and pain. But, what is pain, any way? And, when is it that a massage ought to be a little uncomfortable? There isn't a one size fits most way to think about massage. Lymph massage is very light, but it can also make a client ill if they don't really need it!