Chronic Pain and Gentle Massage

Chronic pain and gentle massage at Body Poets in Ottawa

It's a misconception that deep massage is more effective - light and gentle massage can give even better results.

When you have pain that won't go away, your whole body suffers: your breath is shallow, you have sore muscles because of reduced blood flow, you may have poor digestion with constipation or diarrhea. The same is true with anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

In these cases, an intense massage may not be a good idea: it may make things worse by causing your body to overreact to the extra stimuli. Often a gentle massage will help more, by soothing your nervous system so that your body can relax and let all its normal systems kick back in. Typically, people with arthritis, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and even some mental health concerns, will get better results with a lighter massage. And some people just don't like a deep pressure massage, or don't want a full-body massage.

Neurological conditions may make some muscles constantly cramped, or weak and unable to respond to your brain's messages. Massage often helps by balancing the nervous system, increasing circulation, and improving joint movement, all of which decreases pain. Some of our clients in these circumstances opt for a traditional massage; others stay clothed and sit in a massage chair, or have a stretching and movement session on the massage table; still others choose Thai massage on mats.

In cases where a full massage is not appropriate or is not what you want, we can massage your head, hands, and feet, for a deeply restorative result. In all massages, our therapists are trained to ask about the depth of pressure you like, and to work at the level that's right for your health. Consider booking a regular massage session (these are always tailored to the client), or explore one of these treatments that can be done with light touch: craniosacral therapy, cupping, dry brushing, lymphatic drainage, hot stone, relaxation, and visceral manipulation.