During a massage, a Massage Therapist may ask, “How’s the pressure?”

It’s really not a rhetorical question. She really wants to know if you want more pressure or if you want less pressure because you’re about to jump off the table, smack her, and run away because you’re in too much pain.  She may ask if you want more or less pressure.

As I’m sure you’re aware, everybody’s pain tolerance is different. The deep pressure that works for Kate is not going to work for Jenny, who’s got more sensitivity in her back.

Along the same lines, the kind of pressure a client likes on the quads (front of legs) is different than the pressure wanted on the back.

Your therapist can read some nonverbal signals if you are in pain, but since she really can’t read your mind, let her know if you would like more pressure (or less).