I’ve had a very bad experience with a sports massage before. I know it’s probably not the same kind of massage you’d have at a beauty spa, but just so you know…
At the time, I was undiagnosed, and had no idea I even might have MS. So had the massage (for an injured tendon) with no qualms at all.
The physio/masseur observed that my calf muscles were “the shortest he had ever seen” and asked whether I’d been ill. Which shocked and confused me, as I had no idea there was anything abnormal about my muscles, and certainly nothing that pointed to illness.
Anyway, he did the massage anyway, and tried to stretch my calves. It was quite a “rough” massage, but nothing I found unacceptably uncomfortable, at the time. I thought the session had gone OK. However, the following day, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t even put my heels down on the floor.
Obviously, since being diagnosed, this whole episode makes a lot more sense. My calf-muscles were short due to spasticity. Although stretching is meant to be good for it, it was obviously too much, too suddenly. They rebelled so much I couldn’t weight-bear.
I haven’t been for another massage since, as it’s been enough to put me off for life. However, I do wish the physio had shared more about his suspicions. He probably felt it was not his place, but looking back, I feel he was one of the earliest people to recognize anything was wrong.