i had my monthly massage last night. i'll admit this massage wasn't the most relaxing, in fact, we talked through a great deal of the massage. and i wasn't even closed eyed. (is that how you say it?) i told my therapist about the shoulder problems, the numb & twitchy hands... she really focused on that area. she did some stretches, she did some very localized massages, including one muscle that she got to through my arm pit. i was so thankful that i shave my pitters everyday :) the bottom line is this: she thinks this is all a result of my scoliosis (curvature of the spine for you nimrods) and my bad bed. She said that these muscles will always be sensitive to discomfort, and as I get older, I'll need to keep them in better shape. (I'm pretty sure that was her polite way of telling me, I should've already been doing that.) She reassured me that a new mattress, that isn't a taco will definitely help. Then, after my massage, she showed me a bunch of stretches I can do to help improve these muscles. (she says the numbness and twitching is probably from a pinched nerve. pinched because the muscles are tight. muscles are tight because i've got a question mark for a back) anyways. it was a very theraputic session. i'm a little tender today, in areas like my collarbone & armpit that she was working, that haven't been worked before. but it was great. totally worth lacking a little of the "relaxing" part of a typical massage.
the bad news is that she's not going to be working there anymore. she's going to start working at a chiropractor's office. i'm bummed. she's been wonderful. but if its a step up in the world, i'm happy for her. so, now i'm just going to have to keep my fingers crossed that my next masseuse is as attentive & good.