Hi Julianne, Your experience with massage therapy sounds exactly like mine. I thought I was going to die from the pain I experienced from the first massage therapist. I did not go back for a second massage by that same therapist. It took me over two to three weeks to get over that massage session. Recently I did, however, contact the Wellness Center at the Y in my area. I have had two massage therapy sessions there. Her technique is somewhat different that the first massage therapist. But I can't tell you what was different about it. She seemed to better understand what I was going through. So when I had a particularly tender area she did aggrivate it with agressive massage. I plan, for the time being, to continue the massage therapy. This therapist also thinks I should take some water exercises sessions or classes. I plan to have the water lessons there as well. Thank you and good luck. J.W.