The masseur I used is my physio, with whom I've built up a pretty good rapport over the past two injuries - and since he's also a qualified sports massage therapist and knows my history, I figured he'd be a good person to work with.
I'd been warned in advance from other people who'd had sports massages that, especially the first time, they can be pretty damned uncomfortable, so I was expecting that - and when I'm not actively stressing about discomfort contributing to an injury, I actually have a pretty high pain tolerance. Yesterday approached my tolerance, but never crossed it.
But then, when I got home later in the evening, I discovered I'd actually bruised - fairly vividly - all the way down the inside of one thigh from where he'd focussed on my adductors. I've let him know what happened, and said I might need to be a wimp and get him take it more gently next time - and let me be clear, I'm NOT blaming him, since he relies on me telling him how hard he can or can't work my muscles... but now I'm curious.
Is this kind of bruising-after-the-fact thing totally unheard of in a sports massage, or does it actually happen occasionally, especially if you bruise easily (which I definitely can do, sometimes). For those of you who get sports massages, how would you react if you discovered you'd bruised visibly after you'd had one? Would you assume something was seriously wrong? Or would you just shrug and figure that, as long as the net long-term result of getting the massage was a benefit, then a bit of temporary bruising for a couple of days afterwards just wasn't a big deal?
Current Mood: curious