I have had a LOT of massages by a lot of different therapists. I am planning to call the local tech school and see if I can get an appt to have a student give me a massage - to see if I can handle that.
I had one chiropracter in OH who had 4 massage therapists on staff - all certified. when you came in you got to lay on your choice of heat bed or massaging bed for a little while. Then you had a 30 min massage and THEN the doc checked you out and adjusted you. It was AMAZING. One therapist was great for my dh and sent me into a totally horrible flare. I thought he was going to rub the muscles off my bones! One therapist was so gentle it was totally ineffective, and there was one who was amazing for me. (Kinda sound like the Goldilocks of massage, don't I? LOL!!)
I have been to other massage therapists and mostly had good experiences. You want a place that is clean, with a clean cover on the table just for you, a clean cover for your face to be on the donut shaped thingy you put your face in.
I think the most important thing to remember is to TALK to your therapist. Tell them if it is too soft or too hard or just right. Tell them if you want them to work more on one area or less on another area.
If you are very sensitive, be SURE to talk to the therapist about it BEFORE the massage. Often the therapist has come across this if they treat many fibromites.
BTW, if your skin is so sensitive your clothes hurt, lyrica may help. Or neurontin (I think it is gabapentin). My rheumy told me lyrica is the "next generation" of neurontin, all I know is it has really helped with that feeling that my clothes hurt, my feet are on fire, my sheets hurt, etc....
If you haven't tried it, it might be helpful.
I am going to try the local tech school b/c a friend said it was less expensive (and our budget is T.I.G.H.T.) and that if you talk to the person they are very responsive.
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