What You'll Get
- One 60-Minute Therapeutic Massage with Consultation
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Appointment required. Merchant’s standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed the price paid for the voucher). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for clients active within the past 12 months. Valid for females only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Comfort Matters Massage Therapy
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
MBLEx, 2013, AMTA , 1987 4 year psychology degree, Cert. Med. Aide, 2016. I help clients gain comfort within their own bodies using techniques from Swedish Relaxation, Therapeutic, Integrative, Deep Tissue, Geriatric, NM, Trigger Point, Positional Release, Reflexology without causing pain.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I worked as a nurse's assistant in long term care in my teens. Patients loved getting back rubs as part of the daily routine. As I experienced so many benefits from massage therapy to myself, I wanted to learn all I could, and pass the benefit on to others.
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing the transformation of well being that occurs from total relaxation experiences on the massage table. We accomplish this together through communication and feedback. Always trust your body. As a good massage therapist, I always appreciate and respond to your feedback, which helps me develop personalized sessions that feel good and fulfill your expectations. I love the reports of reduced pain and stress! I love helping people experience more comfort within their own bodies.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"You have just the right amount of pressure and changes in technique...it is just perfect!" "I want it exactly the way Sheryl does it!" "She (the client) loves you!" "She started gently, and released all the tension and pain...!" "Very professional." "It was perfect, it didn't even hurt!"