you're in a flare? Someone at my church gives massages but mentioned once that you shouldn't have them if you are having a RA or FMS flare. We weren't in a place where I could pursue it, so I don't know why she said that. I am supposed to have a massage from her tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon! If my skin can tolerate a massage (haven't tried it in a year), it sounds WONDERFUL. But I have been more achy during the past week, and I'm sure waking more tired because I am getting stiff and/or achy while I sleep. My feet, hips, shoulders, knees and elbows especially, and my knees haven't bothered me before. Tender point areas? Is this a flare? Is it because of all the toxins that are released during massage that it might not be so good to have a massage during a flare? Have you had them when you've been having a particularly hard time and have they help or hurt?