I have to remind myself that I asked her to beat me with a sledgehammer. And, not only that, I paid for the privilege. Am I some sort of masochist? No, not at all. Was it really a sledgehammer? Nope, not that either. But being hammered away at by a deep tissue massage therapist leaves you feeling about the same, I imagine.
So going into yesterday's half-hour massage, which actually stretched to about 40 minutes, I was hopeful that this might do the trick on my tight hamstring. If you think DTM is generally uncomfortable, try having someone work at ONE problem spot for that length of time. It was seriously torture. I won't go into the details. If you have gotten a deep tissue massage yourself, then you know what it feels like. If you haven't, then you can read about it here.
So, before you start thinking that I
I WANT to do this. I NEED to do this. However, my hamstring/glute/hip have been wonky the past few weeks, and that has derailed my training a bit. I needed all the help I could get to get back on track. DTM may not feel good at first, but a couple days after there is generally a great feeling of ahhhhh and I am hoping that this time is no exception.
As I suspected, my left hamstring and piriformis are both extremely tight right now. Why? Probably for all the reasons stated here. I also suspect it has something to do with my lack of regular yoga as well. During the school year I had gotten into the habit of yoga twice a week, and I think that went a long way towards keeping me stretched out and flexible. However, with summer came a serious upheaval in my schedule - what, with the kidlets home and all. I try to fit a class in here or there, but there is no rhyme or reason to my going right now. And the DVD I bought turned out to be kind of useless. Beyond that, I am starting to wonder if I am somehow not running efficiently. I think I am going to sign up for a run gait analysis soon and see if maybe there is something there that I could improve.
For now, though, I am going to ice my bruised leg and continue on my stretching and rolling regimen - but take it to a new level. I am also going to try to go in for a follow-up massage next week. (See? Desperate. There goes my birthday money.)
I have to wonder if I will ever go in to get a nice, relaxing spa-type massage again. And, if I do, what will the therapist think when she or he sees me cringing on the table in anticipation of being hurt?
What do you think of massage? Just for relaxation or therapy?
Have you ever had a gait analysis done? Was it worth it?