The experience of massage can be SENSATIONAL and is often experienced as sensations of comfort, pain, relief, achiness, having the memory of an injury when it occured, to name but a few.
These are all part of the healing process which massage aims to facilitate. The client will often feed back on how the massage is feeling, as it progresses, guiding the practitioner in their work. Working on old/chronic tension & postural issues can be painful, but if the pain can be willingly experienced more as a sensation, then I may hear the client say that it is "a good pain". and that feels like it is releasing tension. It is deeply rewarding to hear the client say this. This can also be reflected by the quality of softness I can now feel in the tissues.
Thus we are able to let go of the tensions we are carrying/holding........giving rise to a new sensation of RELAXATION that may not have been felt before. This is often felt after the massage session has finished. And that can truly feel SENSATIONAL!!!