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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Cavoli, LMT

How massage can help your fibromyalgia

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

"Courage Doesn't always roar.Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again Tomorrow "

Mary Anne Radmacher

AT Sanctuary Massage we understand that the pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms you experience are very real and can have a huge effect on your daily life. Over the years we have noticed the effects of regular massage on our clients dealing with Fibromyalgia. The benefits are clear and because of this we have made a shift in our practice to specialize in working with those of you who have fibromyalgia. We have seen clients find relief from a myriad of symptoms such as relief of pain in muscles and joints along with keeping flare ups shorter and less uncomfortable. Here are some things you should know about massage and fibromyalgia.

1. Every person is different. How you experience your symptoms and react to different treatments like medications will vary from someone with the same diagnosis. This is why when you begin your massage therapy sessions at our studio, we really take the time to listen to you. We want to know how it effects your daily physical and emotional life. We want to understand which symptoms are most difficult for you and what your goals are. We will also make time to listen to your feedback both during and after your massage so that we can really customize each session to be the best treatment specifically for you.

2. No Pain No Gain has no place in the massage room. Some of you don't mind firmer pressure but many of our clients suffering from an autoimmune disorder need a gentler touch. We will connect with you to determine what kind of pressure will be best for you. For those that need a gentler touch, we will still be able to use amazing massage techniques that feel both relaxing and therapeutic. We specialize in this approach for a reason and will work with you to get the pressure just right!

3. Stress can be a major trigger of a flare up or simply a very bad day for your body. Massage can help to drastically reduce the stress hormones that reek havoc on your body. Helping you to settle into your parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite of the Fight or flight response) is a cornerstone of our practice. Another blog about this will be up soon but what's important to know is that when you engage your parasympathetic nervous system you are sending your energy to healing your body on a cellular level. The more time you spend like this the better it is for your body to work properly.

4. Massage can do wonders to help ease the ache of muscles and inflamed joints. Fresh blood flow and circulation can really make a difference in the health and comfort of your muscles. For many clients the fluid movement of lomi massage really helps muscles to feel better longer.

5. It's important to take care of you. Having a self-care routine in place can make a huge difference in your overall comfort and health. Regular massage has made if possible for clients to feel more comfortable during regular activities during the day and sleep better at night. Taking time to reconnect with yourself and make friends with your body again goes a long way when you are dealing with chronic pain. At Sanctuary Massage we can help be an advocate for your self-care and make sure that you feel the support that you deserve.

Are you curious to see if massage is for you?


Contact us at 518-952-1161 or visit our online booking to book a free private consultation. Stephanie will answer any questions you might have and give you some insight on how massage therapy might benefit your particular needs.


Stephanie Cavoli is a licensed massage therapist specializing in helping people with autoimmune disorders live happier more comfortable lives.

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