It shouldn’t hurt, but you should keep the lines of communication open.

If your therapist is pressing too deeply, you can tell them, ‘That’s sensitive.’ Or ‘That’s a little too much. Can you lighten up?’

You should never have to endure a massage, and you shouldn’t have to lay there and grit your teeth. It may feel significant, but not make you stiffen up.

After, you should feel some immediate relief. Sometimes you may experience 24­48 hours of soreness, but it should be a good kind of sore, like you had a workout. This is more common to someone new to massage and usually will subside with continued treatment.

After a massage, you should feel relaxed and mellow. This has to do with the changes in neurochemicals like serotonin and endorphins.