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Massage Therapy

UIC Campus Recreation’s Massage Therapy Program was created to provide quality, professional, individual massage therapy sessions to the faculty, staff and students of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The General Public is also eligible for this service.

Massage Therapy is available at both the Student Recreation Center (737 S. Halsted St.) and the Sport & Fitness Center (828 S. Wolcott Ave.).

Massage can improve overall health, enhance fitness training, reduce pain, aid in rehabilitation, and promote relaxation. For this reason, many physicians now prescribe massage therapy for their patients — and some health insurers now cover it.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Enhanced healing of overworked or injured muscles

Relief of muscle spasms, chronic pain, and tension

Increased flexibility or joint mobility

General relaxation

Reduction of physical or mental fatigue

Increased circulation of blood and lymph fluids

Increased athletic performance

Enhanced flow of vital life energy (chi)

For many people, massage is a form of stress management or a way to become more connected to their bodies.

Specialized Massage Services

The UIC Fitness Center offers a wide range of therapeutic massage services in a quiet, private setting. Because our massage therapists strive to meet participants’ individual needs and goals, each session begins with a discussion with the participant.

Each of our massage therapists has completed more than 500 hours of training, attended a nationally accredited school and holds an Illinois license to practice massage. They combine their knowledge of massage with information provided by the participant to create a unique session every time.

Various types of massage typically are blended together in a single session:

Swedish

Deep muscle

Myofascial release

Trigger point

Acupressure

Bowen technique

Sports massage

Chair massage

Chair Massage

Chair (or seated) massage events offer 5- to 15- minute mini-massages to allow the greatest number of individuals to get a quick dose of rejuvenating therapy during your event. Chair massage is perfect for:

  • Staff appreciation events
  • Residence hall study breaks
  • Career fairs
  • Tradeshows
  • Marketing events
  • Church socials
  • Donor & fundraiser events
  • School functions
  • Health fairs
  • Alumni events & reunions
  • Sports events
  • And MORE!

This service is by appointment only. Requests should be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of your event. We will do our best to accommodate all reservation requests but cannot guarantee that we will have therapists available during your requested time.

To schedule off site Chair Massage please call: 312-355-0135

**Price for this service is $75.00 per 60 minute sessions. (Plus parking if applicable)

Preparing for Your Massage

First-time massage therapy participants should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time to complete a brief health history form, which is available at the fitness desk inside the Human Performance Lab. Anyone receiving a massage should:

  • Dress comfortably
  • Communicate clearly with your therapist about goals, the amount of pressure you wish to be used, and areas of your body where you are comfortable receiving massage
  • Breathe deeply
  • Relax and enjoy your therapeutic massage experience

Scheduling Appointments

Same day appointments can be made, depending on availability. If you prefer a specific massage therapist, please inform the receptionist at the time you are making your appointment.

If you have a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in the program, please let the attendant know when making your appointment

Hours

Massage East:

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00pm

 

Massage West:

 Tuesday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Thursday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 Friday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please call 312-413-5174 to schedule your appointment.

Payment and Appointment Information

Clients pay for massage therapy session prior to their appointment time at the Member Services Desk. Clients may choose to purchase one massage therapy session or buy a package of either 4 or 8 hourly massages.

Packages cannot be broken down into 30 minute sessions and they cannot be shared. All Sessions purchased are nonrefundable and expire within one year of purchase date.

Pay Policy
Cash, check and charge (Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover) will be accepted and checks are to be written for the price of the massage only. No cash can be given for checks written over the price of the massage. Tips are welcome and are to be given directly to the therapist and cash is recommended.

Massage Fees

UIC Affiliation Length Cost
Students 30 min. $28.00
1 hour $45.00
Members 30 min. $40.00
1 hour $56.00
Nonmembers 30 min. $45.00
1 hour $73.00

 

Package Fees *

UIC Affiliation Package Cost
Students 4 massages $155.00
8 massages $300.00
Members 4 massages $200.00
8 massages $380.00
Nonmembers 4 massages $250.00
8 massages $480.00

*All massages in the package deals are for 1 hour each

Late Policy
When a client is late they forfeit the time lost and are responsible for the full cost of the scheduled massage.

Gift Certificates

Happy Birthday! Congratulations! Thank You! With so many healthy benefits, a UIC campus recreation massage certificate is a great idea for any occasion.

Gift Certificates can be purchased at Member Services at the Student Recreation Facility (737 S. Halsted St.) Gift Certificates have no expiration date.

FAQ

First Massage Experience

If this is your first massage session, your massage therapist will explain the procedures, techniques, and discuss your expectations for your massage session. We want you to be as comfortable as possible. Feel free to ask any questions to your therapist before or during your session. Here are some FAQ’s.

What do I wear?

When you enter the massage room, your therapist will talk to you about any specifics for your massage and then leave the room for you to get undressed. You can undress to your level of comfort. You will lie underneath the top sheet. As your massage therapist works on you, he/she will expose only the area that will be worked on.

 Can I work out before my massage?

Yes, you can. But, please allow 30 minutes for your body to relax and get back to normal blood pressure and pulse. Please SHOWER before your massage if you do workout. Not only for sanitary reasons, but also our lotion will not allow a smooth glide with certain techniques.

Can I work out after my massage?

Yes and No. Depending on the type of massage you received and how long it was. The deeper the work and the longer your session, your body needs recovery time. If you had a long, relaxing session, your body will not feel like doing anything but relaxing.

Do I have to talk during the session?

The main communication that needs to happen during your massage is for your comfort level, if you need more or less pressure, and/or if you experience pain in certain areas. General conversation during your massage is not necessary; you can talk as much as you would like or not at all.

Do I have to drink water after my massage?

It is important to replenish your body’s muscles with water. You don’t have to drink extra, unless you’re already dehydrated. We have water available in the massage office for you.

Should I keep my appointment if I start feeling sick?

NO. If you start feeling sick, please call the office to cancel/reschedule your appointment. Massage may increase your symptoms and you may feel worse after your session.

 

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