Getting a massage is an effective way to relax, much like dipping your feet into a warm box of puppies. Immerse yourself in comfort with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $14 for a 60-minute custom massage (a $50 value)
- $18 for a 90-minute custom massage (a $65 value)
A licensed massage therapist customizes a massage to your individual needs, incorporating everything from soothing Swedish strokes to the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage.
Those two modalities represent two different approaches that bring different benefits to the table. Read our guide to know what to expect.
Swedish and Deep-Tissue Massage: Two Paths to Relaxation
The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between penicillin and Sudafed. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the benefits of each one depend on your individual symptoms and goals. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:
Swedish massage combines four distinct motions—effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement—to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.
Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage deals with more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones—the fascia—often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.
Gotta Love It Fitness
During personal training sessions at Gotta Love It Fitness, staff ensure that no more than two people are training on the floor at any one time. This lets trainers focus their attention entirely on a client's form and progress. In addition to personal training, the facility hosts group endeavors such as Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing sessions. After intense sessions, clients can take advantage of the gym's massage therapy to help ease muscle aches.