Massage Therapy Pressure

What is the right pressure?

At Elements, we do one thing: massage, and we are proud that our high consumer satisfaction scores confirm we do it better than anyone else in the industry.


Therapeutic touch has been shown to have an enormous impact on wellness.  Massage promotes healing, relaxation and rejuvenation by targeting certain areas of the body and applying different forms of touch and pressure--called massage techniques--like effleurage, petrissage, rocking and trigger point therapy.  Each technique provides a unique benefit and touch and pressure sensation for the recipient.  

One of the most important questions you will be asked when scheduling your session is, “what type of pressure do you like?”


Everyone’s comfort level for pressure is different.  While a therapist can adjust their pressure, there is a natural range in which they are most comfortable and effective.  A therapist’s physical characteristics (height, weight, strength) can influence how much pressure they deliver.  Also, style of massage--e.g. Swedish compared to Deep Tissue--will influence the range of pressure felt during a session.  At Elements Massage we categorize our therapists from light to firm, or, from levels 1 to 4:


Level 1 - Light pressure, no trigger points, affects outermost tissue layers, Swedish, Lymphatic

Level 2 - Light/Medium pressure, affects some muscles,Swedish, Myofascial, Trigger Point

Level 3 - Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Therapy, Deep Tissue, affects deeper muscle layers

Level 4 - Deep work that includes using forearms or elbows to affect deepest muscle layers


This allows us to recommend the best therapist for your needs.  We can pair you with a therapist based on a pressure scale of 1 to 4, or the style of massage you want.  It’s part of The Elements Promise to ensure you have the best massage therapy session possible.  

Learn more about our Therapists and massage types here: