I don't really know a thing about massages, since I'm too poor to get one... but I found out that the massage therapy students at my college give out $5 massages to get experience.
I am extremely out of shape and in a dance class (a very painful combination) and this results in extremely sore muscles after every class. I've had awful hamstring pain since Monday, and I'm seriously considering getting one of those massages, but I don't know what I need. I know these people are only going to be students, and not very experienced, so I don't want something where they will be pushing hard (my legs hurt to the touch anyway) but I want something that will relax my sore muscles. (not just hamstrings, since I won't really be able to get an appointment until after my legs will feel better anyway.) Does anybody know massage therapy that could recommend a good massage? Keep in mind, this is just cheap college student stuff, so there probably won't be much of anything fancy, like with scented oils and acupuncture...
while you're considerting and hunting for the best massage for your bucks, in the meantime you might want do some mild therapeutic streches to take care of that hamstring you have. Here are some suggestions:
1. Lay on your back slowly straighten knee (the injured leg) until stretch is felt in back of thigh.
2. Place foot (the injured side that felt pain) on stool/step. Slowly lean forward keeping back straight until stretch is felt on back of thigh.
3.Lay on back with leg (again the hurting one) on top. Gently pull other knee toward chest until strecht is felt in buttock/hip of top leg. (hold 10-30 sec)
4. Rest your injured leg on flat surface without bending knee. Lean forward toward your toes by bending at waist and keeping your back straight.
DO THIS STRETCH 5X-10X PER SET, PER SESSION 2X A DAY.