It's a good idea to set aside some time to relax instead of just letting your body go limp for a few seconds every time you hit a red light. Take a break with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $39 for one 50-minute custom massage with Quinn on Monday, Thursday, or Friday ($80 value)
- $45 for one 50-minute custom massage with Debbie on Tuesday–Wednesday or Saturday–Sunday ($80 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.
Quinn Niesing LMT
Lava shells soak up heat and radiate it across back muscles, soothing away aches and pains, and unlike hot stones these shells reheat themselves, allowing massage therapists more time to work their own magic. Award-winning therapist Quinn Niesing employs these and other advanced techniques to work out knots and improve health during his massages. After 10 years of experience working at resorts and cruises, he brings his skilled hands to everything from Swedish to deep-tissue massages. For a more thorough relaxation session, try muscle relief therapy, which targets trigger points to heal muscles strained from overuse or injury.