If you’ve ever experienced a bad massage, you probably left feeling underwhelmed and unsatisfied. Conversely, you may have experienced a massage that was too intense for your taste leaving you more sore and in worse shape than when you went into the massage studio.
At Elements Tower and Hampden, we pride ourselves on delivering a satisfying massage to each and every one of our clients. When it comes to managing pressure in a massage session, we receive a lot of questions about what the exact right amount of pressure is. The problem is that there’s no clear answer. Desired pressure is subjective to each individual. What feels right to you may not be what's best for someone else.
We’ve identified one critical component that enables our talented team of massage therapists to excel at what they do and that’s communication. In order to achieve the right touch for each client’s needs, here are several of the questions our team explores with you in our studio during your massage:
● Can you relax with this application of pressure?
● Do you want it more or less pressure?
● Can you breath deeply through all parts of the massage?
● Are you holding your breath at all?
● Are you tensing any of your muscles against the therapist’s touch?
Each of these questions addresses a point to help our trained therapists find the exact right amount of pressure for you. Depending upon the type of massage you’ve selected, the different modalities are built to address different needs. For example, deep tissue massage utilizes heavy therapeutic pressure across muscle grain to release pesky knots and areas of tension. A relaxing form of lighter massage is Swedish massage, known for its restorative properties.
Regardless of the type of massage you choose, the key component in satisfaction is communication! Be sure to listen and talk openly with your massage therapist so the right adjustments and accommodations can be made to leave you 100% satisfied!