I had a massage this weekend and it just highlighted how massages should be...
I love massages! And I've had quite a few. I tend to hold my stress at the top of my back and my shoulders like most people and so have knots in my muscles there.
When I get a massage I'm spending my money on getting these knots worked out. But I cannot tell you the number of times the massage therapist simply glides over them, can obviously feel them but doesn't focus on them at all. It is clear that they have a set routine and nothing will make them adapt it to each person.
The massage I had on Sunday was completely different (thank the Lord!!). Unfortunately this is rare in my experience. She did her routine but also found the knots and worked away at them until they melted. It was painful and I was a bit sore the next day but it was needed and most importantly it was what I wanted. This is what I'm paying my money for!
Otherwise I feel a bit cheated. So this is my plea to all masseurs please please please tailor your routines to each person and when you feel a knot get your fingers in there until that little sucker surrenders!!