A massage is a pleasant ending to a tough day, much like getting an aisle seat on a life raft. Take a load off with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $35 for a 60-minute Swedish massage and $20 gift card ($95 value)
- $40 for a 60-minute reflexology package with foot bath, aromatherapy, hot towels, and $20 gift card ($105 value)
- $70 for a 90-minute hot-stone massage and $20 gift card ($160 value)
Massage Pressure: How Much Can You Handle?
A good massage is all about communication, and your therapist will want to know how much pressure to apply. Use our guide to make the most of your upcoming session.
A massage can already be a vulnerable experience, so the question of how much pressure the therapist should apply can be tough to answer, especially given that everyone experiences pressure differently. Fortunately, there are basically three possible responses—light, medium, or firm—and considering the following factors may help you decide:
Pain Tolerance: If you find yourself extremely sensitive to touch, request light pressure. Likewise, people who can tolerate rigorous—possibly even uncomfortable—pressure should choose firm to get the most out of the muscle manipulation. Always trust your body; if firm pressure feels too intense, ask the therapist to ease up.
Why Are You Here?: If your top priority is relaxation, then light or medium pressure is for you. If you want to work out knots, relieve concentrated tension, or pop the balloon animal you swallowed, then firm pressure may be required. If you're looking for a mix of outcomes, explain them in detail, pointing out specific areas and desired results. For instance, you might say, "I want to loosen my back muscles but break up knots in my shoulders," each of which requires a different amount of pressure.
Don't Sweat It: Massage therapy is designed to improve the body's overall function, whether by promoting relaxation or relieving aches and pains. So even if you choose a pressure level at the start of a massage, you're not locked into it—you can request lighter or firmer pressure at any point during treatment. Good massage therapists appreciate and respond to feedback, which helps them develop personalized sessions that feel good and fulfill your expectations.
At Posture Massage, owner Yan G. Van Heel focuses on getting bodies back in line. She uses her skills as a massage therapist and acupuncturist to improve clients' posture, circulation, and flexibility, as well as lower their blood pressure and stress level. She offers classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages, along with specialized posture and reflexology massages. In addition to massage therapy, Yan has extensive training in Chinese medicine, so she can also treat pain with cupping therapy, which uses cups vacuum-sealed to the skin to remove toxins.