Massages vary in types, therapists expertise, etc. I always start clients brand new to massage with a lighter, firm, not deep massage. It gets the client used to being touched by a stranger, letting them get in touch with how the therapists hands manipulates the muscles and how it makes them feel. It is always important to stay in touch with the client during the massage, making sure they are comfortable, the pressue is not too deep, not too light, etc and making sure they are able to relax. Massage Therapy is all about helping the body, mind and spirit relax, release and rejuevenate.