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
- $39 for pain consultation and one 55-minute massage (a $90)
- $69 for pain consultation and two 55-minute massages (a $180 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. A good massage therapist appreciates and responds to feedback, which helps them develop a personalized session that feels good and fulfills your expectations.
Renaissance Sleep and Physical Medicine
Dr. Rani Kakar has lived her life with purpose. When she was just 8 years old, visiting her grandparents in India, she volunteer at an orphanage originally founded by Mother Teresa. There, she witnessed people suffering from all manner of diseases and chronic discomfort, and decided to dedicate her life to helping others overcome such maladies. In the years that followed, she became an osteopathic physician and embraced an integrated, noninvasive health-care approach inspired by traditional and holistic therapies.
At Renaissance Sleep and Physical Medicine Dr. Kakar is joined in her efforts by a dedicated staff, which includes a certified surgical technician and physician assistant, a licensed chiropractor, and a certified nutritionist. Together, they provide everything from hands-on therapy to lifestyle guidance, alleviating pain caused by arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, automobile accidents, or falling asleep while holding the downward dog position.