Kenzie Odell, San Diego Deep Massage Therapist, Shines Light On Misconceptions Regarding Massage

Kenzie Odell, San Diego Deep Massage Therapist, says, “There are two major misconceptions with massage therapy and several others that are less critical. One is that deep tissue massage should hurt and the second is that massage is only a luxury or something to have done when an injury occurs.”

Massage should never leave you with bruising or extreme pain. Light soreness will sometimes occur a day or two after the massage, but nothing more. Massage should be thought of as a preventative treatment to be received on a regular basis. Massage therapy should be a priority for their over-all health at least once a month.

Many people are unaware of the fact that therapists must go to school and continue their education to stay certified.  The National Board and the CA State Board have been working harder in the recent years to raise the standard of practice in massage therapy. Educators are much more closely watched as well, additional credentials are needed to be a Nationally Certified Educator.

Being undressed is the big question that most new clients want to know and may be too shy to ask. At any quality Massage Center the client is fully covered by a sheet and blanket except for the part of the body that is being treated. Therapists are trained in “draping” techniques in order to make sure the client is completely comfortable.

Because the client is covered it is perfectly fine to undress fully, especially for deep tissue treatments where the legs and gluteal muscles are a large part. Basically, “Underwear or no underwear?” The answer is, however the client feels most comfortable.

Everyone should view massage as a necessity for overall health rather than a luxurious indulgence. The client and the therapist must work together to be sure that they are getting the most out of each massage. Clients should get a massage once a month at least. Some clients get a 90 minute massage weekly.

No matter what your job or exercise routine, we are all constantly using our muscles and joints so we should do what we can to keep them happy and healthy. Massage is a preventative measure as well as a treatment for many ailments and injuries. Odell says, “If everyone would make massage a priority in their health regimen then we would all be much happier and healthier. Please do not wait until you are hurt to call for a massage. It takes much more time to undo years of wear and tear than people realize. Trust your therapist and take time out for yourself on a regular basis.”

You can see more about Kenzie Odell at San Diego Professional Journal: Visit her office at 4555 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103 or call 619-379-6916.