It’s totally normal to cry during your massage.

Sometimes a client will start to tear up and say something along the lines of, “I’m so sorry! I don’t even know why I’m crying. I’m not sad and I’m not in pain.” And my response always starts with, “You have absolutely nothing to apologize for!”

Emotional releases during a massage are common—whether you’re laughing, crying, or just letting out a sigh of relief. It could be about something in particular, or about nothing at all.

Research isn’t incredibly clear on why this happens, but many speculate that our unprocessed trauma or stress gets “stored” not only in our subconscious mind and memory but throughout our physical being.

Regardless of why these emotional releases happen, it’s important to know that the massage table will always be a safe space where you can feel whatever it is you need to feel. You don’t have to apologize or try to explain yourself. And you can always take a break or end the session entirely if you’re not comfortable.

So cry, laugh, sigh, or snore—whatever you need to do to fully reap the mind + body benefits of your massage!