Now what I mean by that is that you shouldn’t expect the muscles to HURT. A lot of people (men tend to do this more) believe that in order to be doing something good for your muscles the massage should hurt. It doesn’t have to.
The way I always like to explain it is it should feel yummy. Sore enough that you feel some relief from the pressure (say a 2 or 3 on a pain scale out of 10), but anything higher than a 5 and you might actually do more damage to the muscle than good.
A swedish massage is a standard massage that uses touch to trigger your bioelectric and chemical systems to calm and relax your nervous system. As one of the first languages we learn (remember all that skin to skin promotion for babies?!) touch has been proven time and time again to be good for our physical, mental and emotional health.
So next time you’re booking a massage ask for a swedish and then simply ask your massage therapist during the treatment for a firmer pressure if you need it. Honestly, a good massage therapist will naturally know where to apply more pressure based on what your muscles are telling them anyway.