What Are The Benefits Of Massage?
Even if you don’t have a specific health issue, massage therapy can provide many benefits, such as:
- Increased circulation
- Stimulation of the lymph system, the body's natural defense against toxic invaders
- Release of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller
- Improved range of motion and decreased discomfort associated with lower back pain
- Relaxation of injured and overused muscles
- Reduced muscle spasms and cramping
- Increased joint flexibility
- Help recover from strenuous workouts
- Pain relief from migraines
- Reduce post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduced scar tissue
The added benefit of massage therapy at Elements Massage™ is something we call The Elements Promise™. If your massage doesn’t live up to your expectations, let us know — and the next one is on us.
What if I am unable to login to my account?
Please call the local studio where the membership originated or where you had your last massage if you have trouble logging into your online account. One of the studio’s Wellness Membership Advisors will be able to help you gain access to your account.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel?
The massage therapist's time has been reserved especially for you. Please follow the local studio’s policies to reschedule or cancel your appointment to avoid any late cancellation fees.
Why Am I Sore After A Massage?
After your massage that same day, there are some easy, pleasant things you can do to help prevent some of the next-day soreness:
- Be purposeful about your water intake, both before and after your appointment. As mentioned above, hydrated muscles are more flexible. Also, there are some strongly-held beliefs that drinking water after a massage can help to flush away the toxins released by massage. Staying hydrated is never a bad idea, and after before or after a massage session is no different.
- Do some gentle stretching that evening, paying special attention to your trouble spots that received the most attention during your massage.
- Take a warm bath, ideally with Epsom salts (1/2 cup to 1 cup for adults), and soak for 20-40 minutes. Epsom salts are an inexpensive and effective way to further help your body rid itself of toxins and reduce muscle inflammation. You also get the added bonus of absorbing the beneficial magnesium found in Epsom salts through your skin.
As your body becomes accustomed to regular massages, you’ll experience the next-day soreness less frequently, making the experience that much more pleasurable. If you are looking for a wonderful massage, contact your local Elements Massage.
Coupons or Discounts
Coupons or discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.
Lost or Stolen Gift Cards
If using a gift card to pay for the session, you must present the gift card at the time of service. Some gift cards are valid only at the independently owned and operated Elements Massage studios identified on the card. Session-based gift cards cannot be split into shorter sessions and are redeemable for the session type identified on the card’s front. Gratuity is not included. Gift Cards cannot be used toward membership autopays or other gift cards. There is no cash value for gift cards and they cannot be replaced if damaged, lost, or stolen. There is no cash redemption for gift cards unless required by law and then only to the extent required by law.
Clients of Minor Age
Studios service minors under the age of 18 with written consent (Minor Consent Form & Client Intake Form) from a parent or guardian prior to performing the massage. Parents/Guardians must remain in the massage room during the entire session.
All minors must keep their undergarments on for the entire duration of the session and clients of minor age will be matched with the same-sex therapist. If a parent/guardian or minor client wishes to have a massage therapist of the opposite sex, the parent/guardian will be required to acknowledge permission on the minor intake form.
How much should I tip?
Many clients are unsure if and/or how much they should tip their massage therapist. We recommend you think of your massage therapist as you would a waiter in a restaurant. Our studios’ therapists love what they do and your tip may reflect your appreciation for their service. We recommend tipping percentages be based on the full price of a regular massage, rather than the discounted price.
Must I be completely undressed?
You should undress to your desired level of comfort. About half of our clients prefer to be completely undressed, while the other half prefers to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.
What is a Master Therapist?
A Master Massage Therapist has completed the Professional, Elite, and Master level training or other additional education and has a minimum of 2 years of employment with Elements Massage studio. These massage therapists demonstrate the highest level of mastery of hands-on massage and well-being skills, and continue to maintain high performance standards across all client satisfaction metrics.
How often should I receive a massage?
For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.
Making an Appointment with a Gift Card
If redeeming a gift card for a service, a valid credit card must be provided to book a session. At the end of the service, please present the gift card for final payment.
What is an Elite Therapist?
An Elite Massage Therapist has completed at least a one year tenure with an Elements Massage studio and consistently demonstrates mastery of The Elements Way. To reach this level, they have successfully completed both the Professional and advanced Elite Massage Therapist training, continuously have performed various session enhancements for individual client needs, and are consistently achieving high client satisfaction metrics.
Can I bring my children into the studio?
Studios strive to maintain a comforting and calm environment for clients and staff, so as a courtesy, it is asked that you do not bring in infants or toddlers in. Children may not at any time be left unattended and unsupervised in the lobby and are not allowed to accompany you into massage rooms.
What does a massage therapist’s license or certification mean?
A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. To obtain a license, a massage therapist will usually have to complete a minimum number of training hours at an accredited or accepted school or training center and will have to undergo a full background check prior to receiving that license. Each state has specific licensing and/or certification requirements for massage therapists.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.
What is included in the session time?
A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. Each time you visit an Elements Massage™ studio you will go through our service path called The Elements Way®. This is done to ensure each and every massage session you receive from us meets or exceeds your expectations.
How much notice should I give to cancel an appointment?
All appointments must be canceled 24 hours in advance of your massage in order to avoid any late cancel fees.
What is the Elements Level System? (long version)
Massage techniques vary in a couple of important ways. Typically, a type of massage will be a unique combination of strokes and intensity of pressure. The strokes are often the most obvious or talked about way that one massage type will differ from another. For instance, the longer strokes of Swedish massage contrast with the more focused work of deep tissue work. But the amount of pressure used during a session is often not talked about in an organized and clear way. Elements Massage utilizes a four-level system for understanding and explaining how pressure can vary in order for clients to better understand what they are looking for and communicate these needs to their massage therapist.
Elements Massage studios, including ours at Denver West, makes use of the following system of pressure levels:
- Level 1: Light pressure relaxing massage (Swedish Massage)
- Level 2: Medium pressure massage with no specific trigger point work
- 2+ : Can go deep with some trigger point work
- Level 3: Medium to deep pressure massage with trigger point work
- 3+ : Can go very deep with trigger point work
- Level 4: Very deep massage with trigger point
The levels are typically written next to each name on our therapist webpage, which helps clients select someone who would be a good match for their therapeutic needs. Pressure and technique are often two sides of the same coin, but in some instances pressure can vary even when the same technique is used. It is important to know what you are comfortable with in terms of how deep you would like your therapist to go while still receiving therapeutic benefit, but it is equally important to know how deep you need to go in order to see the results you want from your massage. If you are looking for a massage with the goal of intense trigger point work because you have specific problem areas, then a deeper pressure is going to get you the improvements you want to see. But if you want a relaxing massage, with minimum intense muscle work, a lighter massage at level one or two will be more beneficial. Talk to your massage therapist and figure out where you fall on this scale!
What is the Elements Level System? (short version)
Elements uses this four level system to rank their therapists. This internal Level System is defined by the massage type and the intensity and the therapist’s desire to deliver at a certain level.
Why is the Level System Important?
To consistently exceed a client’s expectations you want to match them with the right therapist, using Elements Studio’s proprietary four-level system.
How does the Level System Work?
Level 1: Provides a light and relaxing massage.
Level 2: Provides a medium pressure massage with no specific trigger point treatment (commonly called knots treatment).
Level 3: Provides a medium to deep pressure massage including some trigger point work.
Level 4: Provides a very deep massage including trigger point work.
While it is true that many massage therapists can perform at a variety of different levels of pressure, which may make classifying each of them difficult. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be for your WMA to match clients to the best therapist based on their individual needs.