Center for Health and Counseling

Massage Therapy

Students may receive one free hour massage session each semester.
You must be a currently enrolled student (taking classes during the current semester)
to access SLCC Health & Wellness Massage Services.
Additional hour massage sessions may be purchased for $30.
Payment for services and/or labs are due at the time of service. 

Health & Wellness Services requires at least a 24-hour notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment for a free or paid massage. Clients who do not show ( or arrive/check-in late - ten minutes or more) will be assessed a $30 fee. If a client cancels or reschedules less than 24 hours prior to his/her scheduled appointment, he/she will be assessed a $30 fee. Please review Health & Wellness Services No Show, Cancellation, Reschedule Policy prior to making an appointment. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy.  Payment for services and/or labs are due at the time of service.

Health Benefits of Massage

Today, many Americans turn to therapeutic massage and bodywork for pain relief, rehabilitation, relaxation, and physical or mental rejuvenation. Together, therapeutic massage and bodywork provides many physiological and psychological benefits.

Massage therapy and bodywork eases tension and helps people cope with stress more effectively. It slows racing thoughts and worries, helps individuals reconnect with their body, and brings attention to the mental and physical needs of their bodies. It promotes a sense of wholeness and helps enhance one’s self-image while keeping energy levels high. Massage therapy and bodywork can be effective in preventing illness and other physical ailments when received on a regular basis.

On a physiological level, massage therapy and bodywork increases circulation to all areas of the body, primarily to the muscles that are directly manipulated. Better circulation translates to more oxygen and nutrients for body tissues. Therapeutic massage and bodywork relieves muscle spasms; prevents muscle tears, sprains, and strains; increases flexibility; and enhances athletic performance. In addition, massage therapy and bodywork directly or indirectly affects every system of the body and promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.

Other benefits of massage therapy and bodywork:
Strengthens the immune system.
Reduces blood pressure and stress.
Increases circulation.
Relieves pain and stiffness relief in athletes.
Increases mobility and speeds the healing process for those recovering from surgery or injury.
Gain a sense of wholeness and balance within the body.
Can greatly reduce the strains and discomfort of pregnancy.
Provides relief to those suffering from chronic back pain.

Types of Massage

Swedish Massage
Swedish is a relaxing, therapeutic style of bodywork, using a variety of techniques to address your specific needs. In Swedish massage, the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, and friction on the muscles and moves the joints to aid flexibility. Your massage is tailored from a full body Swedish treatment that will help you relax and recover from the stress that day-to-day activities bring.

Deep Muscle / Injury Massage /Sports
These are massage techniques used specifically for injury rehabilitation. The goals of these types of massage are to help the client become pain-free. The most common areas of focus include the neck, shoulder, upper back, lower back, hands and wrists, quadriceps, hamstrings, knees, and calf muscles.

This technique teaches that every part of the body has a direct line of communication to a reference point on the foot, hand and ear.  By massaging these reference points the corresponding body parts heal themselves through improved circulation, elimination of toxic by-products and overall reduction of stress.

CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the CranioSacral system. It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women.  Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, pregnancy massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)