I received a gift card for a couples Swedish massage for my birthday trip to NYC. My daughter and I went to the spa together and were on beds side by side, each with our own therapist. When we checked in, they asked if I preferred a male or female masseur and at that time, this being only the second massage in my life, I requested a female. Before she began, the masseur asked if I wanted gentle or firm massage. I decided on firm, and it sure was firm! She rolled, pushed, and rolled. It felt good. But the next day I sure knew I'd had a massage. Next time I will ask how firm is firm or ask them to give me a sample of a firm move and a gentle one. All in all, it was a good experience and the soreness did not last more than a day.