I have done resistance training for years. As I have gotten older, I have come to recognize the importance of regular bodywork for dealing with soreness and overtraining. Because I have had a lot of massages over the years, I am very particular about what I look for in a massage therapist. I now view body work as part of my overall training regimen, as important as stretching and nutrition. Therefore, I look for a therapist who can specialize in deep tissue massage. Even with this as my primary criteria, I have experienced practitioners who offered little more than a mechanical spa treatment or overly aggressive therapists where I felt more “beaten up” and sore after the treatment.
Given all this history, I made an appointment with Hanh on the recommendation of a good friend (and professional massage therapist). Hanh is very pleasant and professional. During the intake, we discussed what I was looking for as far as treatment, as well as some of my lesser experiences with massage. She confidently told me not to worry and came up with a very sound treatment plan.
Well, Hanh is amazing!! She showed great skill in finding and working on the real trouble spots in my back and demonstrated that deep tissue massage is more about technique than brute force. She released a lot of built up tension in my neck, shoulders and lower back. Half way through the treatment I was so relaxed, I just drifted off. After the treatment, I immediately felt less sore; more relaxed and my neck, shoulders and back were more mobile. (I later added an Epsom salt bath at home that night and by the next day I felt factory new!)
I whole heartedly recommend Hanh. The name “Tough Love” is absolutely spot on. Hanh is a gifted and skilled muscular therapist, and a real godsend for this “aging athlete”.
- Stephen F Markus, MD
Need deep tissue for pains and aches, hanh is your girl!!!
- Daniel V Iknaina
After suffering for years after a broken neck in 2005 I have dealt with neck and... back pains day in and day out....but after the first visit to TLM I could feel a new range of motion from my neck to my lower back ...Thank you !
Apr 24, 2012Overall satisfaction
I was referred to Hahn & Tough Love from a friend. At first I was skeptical that massage could alleviate my neck and shoulder pain; nevertheless my headaches. I always thought of massage as a relaxing thing and hadn't tried it before. On my first visit I found out that it was far from what I had expected! The massage was so deep I was barely able to withstand the pain it was causing. Hahn reassured me if I could get through some more sessions it would hurt less and less and help fix the pain and she explained why. I've had head and neck pain nearly my whole life, and Hahn after 6 weeks was able to fix this pain through her techniques. I highly recommend you give it a shot, stick with it for a few weeks and you'll be a believer too! An hour a week for a better life, pain free! Definitely worth it!
I am extremely fortunate to have discovered Hanh during my recent visit to Cambridge. At 63, I have had the opportunity to experience many therapists and Hanh ranks among the best. She is an accomplished bodyworker who brings a professional and warm personal presence to the massage. Thank You, Hanh!
I have been going to Tough Love massage for the past six years. I initially went to see if Hanh could help with my tight back and neck caused by frequent work-outs. Within a few weeks the improvement was noticable, and my overall range of motion had improved. Periodic visits over the past several years have helped keep my body alighment in order and allow for a pain free active lifestyle. Hanh specializes in a deep-tissue massage. She has also been able to work her appointments to allow for my unpredictable schedule. I appreciate the flexability of going to the spa office or having Hanh be able to travel to meet me. I highly reccomend her.
Tough Love massage changed my life. I went for a deep tissue massage 5 years ago. After 2 sessions Hanh noticed a small lump on the side of my neck. Days later, and several Dr visits later, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Fortunately it was caught early. After several Months of chemotherapy, and with the help of the excellent Dr's at Dana Farber, thankfully I was cured, and have been cancer-free since. In this case I have much more to be thankfull to Hanh for than just freeing up my leg cramp.
- J.S. -5/23/11
Hanh is amazing at what she does....I have a very stressful job and
she was able to work her magic to release all of the stress and tension from
work that I was carrying in my upper back....I would definitely recommend Tough
Love Massge to anyone who is truly looking for an amazing massage therapist.
Thank you so much Hanh!!!!
I have been making running and exercise a big priority and my body was showing some signs of wear and tear. A colleague mentioned massage as a possible way to get some relief so called Hanh, who has a storefront a mile from my workplace. When I called she was going to be closing up shop for the weekend but took my request for an hour-long deep tissue massage. In fact, she said that a 90 minute massage would be a better option for someone who had never had a treatment before. I later found out that she had lots to do so the sacrifice to fit me in was appreciated.
The storefront business is neat, clean, not fancy but nice and modern. Hanh is friendly and very knowledgable about her craft. The treatment was painful but she explained what she was doing along the way and let me know how many strokes were left so gritting through was easier. The treatment was specific to my needs because i was prepping for an upcoming race and she assured me better performance. Well, the next time I hit the road there was a marked improvement in my comfort level as well as my time! This was real therapy and well worth the expense!
Best deep tissue massage I have ever had! She is doing great things for my shoulder after my rotor cuff tear surgery. Hanh is small but she is mighty! I highly recommend her.
Been looking for a non-spa, no frills therapeutic center in this area for a while and this was a great find. Hanh is great. Should probably have switched off the Tv outside because it didn't really chime with the relaxation music. Everything else was good.
Amazing! Just got home from a one hour massage to help with lower back muscle pain. Hanh was so knowledgeable about what was going on in my body! I can't wait to go back for a general relaxation massage! Thank you Hanh!!
have already had two massage treatments with Hahn. I have neck, back and foot problems which Hahn helped to relieve pain and tightness. She is very caring, hardworking and knowledgeable. I felt extremely comfortable and relaxed. This is just what the doctor ordered. It's better than physical therapy, steriod injections and pain meds. I felt relaxed for days after my massages. I can't wait for my next treatment. Hahn is the best massage therapist I have ever been to.
I got a massage from Hanh for post-marathon leg relief. It hurt, but in a good way. She sure worked the muscles and broke up any hopes my muscles had of developing muscular scar tissue. I have ran marathons in the past and did not get leg massages but am considering getting them as part of my post marathon routine. I recovered faster and felt better sooner than expected, which is good because I had another marathon 3 weeks later. The introductory rate is good but the recurring rate is a bit pricey, although relative to other massage places and quality of service I'd say it's fair.
If you're an athlete who has beaten their body, you need Hahn's dose of 'Tough Love'. Hahn performs one of the deepest (albeit a little painful) massages that I've come across and it works! Hahn has the ability to find where it aches and really loosen you up.
Crossfit, powerlifting, running, cycling, snowboarding, snow removal....all these activities have a price and Hahn has the fix for what ails you.
If you are looking for a cruise ship massage, this is not the place for you. If you are looking to get relief from injury, stress or any other ailment that has kept you from being able to move freely, Hahn is the one for you.
I have been seeing Hahn for several months and the improvement in my ability to move has increased dramatically. I suffered a back injury thirty years ago and I have had two back surgeries for herniated discs to try to "fix" me, but to no avail. I have seen my mobility decrease drastically over the years, while my pain increased. I had tried everything that I could think of over the years to help maintain my mobility and flexibility, but nothing has helped as well as getting the knots out of my muscles.
Hahn has worked diligently and patiently with me to get me over the initial "pain" of the deep tissue work and now I look forward to my 90 minute sessions. She has worked out the knots (big, nasty, painful knots) and for the first time in a long time, I can move with reduced pain and even greater mobility. Continuing to work with Hahn has allowed me a new sense of hope of being able to continue to get better and to be able to continue getting out of bed in the morning without being bent over in pain for the first 5 minutes of my day. Although I know there is no miracle cure for my condition, the ability to be able to move more freely and for longer periods of time, is a precious gift to someone who has seen their abilities decrease so dramatically over the years.
Hahn is truly one of a kind and I am grateful to her and her talents. She is amazing and I will continue to use her talents to help me for years to come!!
Thank you Hahn!
My daily activities, plus old injuries put a lot of stress on my muscles. I view deep tissue massage as a medical necessity. I need someone good, and I am happy to say, I found the best! No one gives a massage like Hanh. She is strong and applies real pressure. She spends a lot of time and is thorough. I am a relatively small person, but Hanh is strong enough to conquer the bodies of large men! She tells me they often walk out crying. (of course, we women are tougher).
I enjoy going to Hanh, even though she "beats me up". The environment is nice and relaxing, and Hanh is a lot of fun to talk to. I love to hear her stories, and just spill whatever is on my mind.
I have regular sessions scheduled in. I view massages every two weeks as an important part of my schedule to help my body function at its best. I have a lot of responsibility and need to be at my best all the time. Hanh is an important part of my life.
Finally found someone who can get to and break up these nasty muscle fibers! They will ask you if the pressure is ok so don't think Tough Love is too tough for you. They will make sure you are ok at all times. This is not the place to go for a "relaxing" massage. This is the place to go to get all those muscles worked out so you can regain mobility and prevent injury. You even get a bottled water afterwards. Great location, clean and warm bed!
Therapeutic massage that really works. I went to Hahn with a pain like a knife between my shoulders that had persisted for more than 6 months. And if I'm honest with myself, has been a recurring problem for years as stress, computers, and sports always seems to show up in my neck and shoulders. I probably would have gone on suffering except that tennis elbow was now in the picture, too. Hahn explained how I've been compensating for years and that reversing the impact would require full body treatment. She was so right. I love deep massage but have found it more and more difficult to get a therapist that can really deliver the pressure that works for me. I've been visiting regularly and the results are clear - I'm able to stay loose and have more flexibility, and I recover faster from the occasional sciatic episode and tennis elbow during sports. 90 minute treatments are the way to go. I buy a package of 6 for best deal and to be sure I take care of myself!
I have been seeing Hahn weekly for about a year now.
She has helped me immensely with my muscle tightness. Over the years I had lots a lot of mobility and range of motion due to body tension, despite rigorous daily stretching. In the morning it hurt my shoulder just to reach over and turn on the bed lamp!
Hahn's treatment can be a little painful but well worth it! I have new freedom of movement in both my arms and legs, and almost no pain in doing daily tasks.
Hahn's is the best and most therapeutic massage I've encountered in almost half a century of getting massages, not only in the United States but in many other countries as well.
She is a very nice person and cares about her clients. One of the other reviewers said she talks throughout the massage. That has not been my experience, but when she does talk I greatly enjoy the conversation. Other times I relax and enjoy the massage in quiet (and the massage is much more enjoyable now that the initial work of breaking up the knots and easing the muscle tension is done).
Can't recommend her highly enough.
My husband gave me a gift certificate for a massage at Tough Love when we first moved to Holliston last year. I'm so glad he found this little place! Hanh is amazing! I've had muscle and nerve pain in my neck and back since I was a teenager from sports and years of ICU nursing. PT and chiropractics never provided much relief for me. I was going to Hanh 1-2 times a week for about 7 months and the pain was SO much better after just a few sessions! She's very knowledgable about massage techniques and anatomy. Her deep tissue massages are DEEP! She kills me while working out the knots (in the way that those who like very firm pressure love!) but afterwards the pain is so much better. My stiff and sore neck was feeling the best it ever had. I'm currently pregnant so I haven't seen her in a few months because she doesn't do prenatal massages. Im dying to get back to her as soon as I can!
An added bonus - she accepts flexible spending accounts for payment! Also, the table is heated and she gives you a bottle of water afterwards. A nice touch!
By far this is the best place to get a massage, especially if you are an athlete or need some deep tissue work. Dan really knows muscle anatomy and can target your massage to your specific needs. He takes the time to ask you specifics of your activity level and what is bothering you. If you are local, and even if you are not, this is the place to go to get body repair! Very reasonable pricing and package deals also. You definitely get your money's worth.
I had back pain every day for almost 5 years until going through the recommended therapy at Tough Love. I can now happily say that I am now pain free. I highly recommend anyone who has any pain in their body at all to try them out. I had thought my pain was from a bone issue however after just a few appointments I quickly noticed an improvement in pain levels. To fully benefit from this service you need to be willing to go to the recommended amount of appointments and if you do I am sure you will be happy that you did just as I am.
Well I decided to try a deep tissue massage from Hanh at Tough Love Massage over 2 years ago, and I'm so glad I did!
Being a skeptical guy who wants a quick fix for everything and wants to pay as little as possible for it, I booked a 1/2 hr. massage thinking it would fix the years of damage that my body had taken on from all sorts of abuse stemming from either; a partially separated shoulder I got from wrestling, lower back pain from a lifting and/or a snow skiing accident, leg pain from a waterskiing accident, or all of the above!
Well I was totally wrong! After trying short 1/2 hr. massages and then 1 hr. massages on and off for about 1 1/2 yrs., and then not going back for 6 months, I finally figured out that what Hanh had been telling me over and over was right! That it would take multiple massages, and then on going maintenance massages to stay on track, to reverse the damage I had done over many years.
She has made a believer out of me, as I'm almost pain free, I just wish I would have listened to her sooner. And now my favorite present from my family is a multiple package of massages from Tough Love Massage, because I know they are getting a great deal and I'm working toward my goal for a pain free year!
Hanh has magical hands! She mobilized by frozen shoulder and really knows holistic ways to heal the body through massage. I had not idea that massage could heal at the level it does. I'm so glad I found her and Tough Love Massage!