If you're browsing our schedule or looking for appointments online, you'll usually see numbers in parentheses next to the name of each Massage Therapist. This is the Elements Level System, our shorthand way of indicating the range of pressure levels at which each therapist is most comfortable working.
Level 1: Light Pressure massage for relaxation & stress reduction.
Level 2: Light to medium pressure massage for relaxation and stress reduction.
Level 3 : Medium to firm pressure massage to specific muscle layers including some trigger point techniques which are used to penetrate layers of muscle to relieve pain and release any knots & tension. (Mostly hands & forearm strokes with some use of the elbows.)
Level 4 : Deep to Very deep pressure massage addressing the deepest layers of musculature including intensive trigger point work on highly localized knots areas of tension. (Mostly hands & elbow strokes with use of knuckles.)
Most Massage Therapists have a range. If you see a +, it means they'll go up to the next level selectively. For example, 1-3+ means the therapist is comfortable working from levels 1-3, & will go to very deep pressure during a session to work out a specific focus area, but are not comfortable working at that very deeper level all day long.