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What is massage?

Massage is the manipulation of skin, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue for the purpose of decreasing muscle tension and increasing physical comfort in musculature and surrounding joints.

Who are the massage therapists?

The IU Health Center massage therapists are  certified professionals. The massage therapists meet specific training requirements and adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. Please call Health and Wellness Education at 855-7338 for massage therapists’ names and a description of the massage therapists’ areas of expertise.

What are the benefits of massage?

  • Increases circulation
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves mood and promotes relaxation
  • Massage is a chemical-free way to relax

 What takes place in a professional  massage?

First, you will fill out a short, confidential intake and medical history form. Next, you will talk with the massage therapist who will answer any questions you might have. The massage takes place in a pri­vate room on a massage table especially designed for your comfort. In private, you will undress to your level of comfort and lie under a sheet and blanket. The massage will last 45 minutes.

Massage lotion or oil will be used. At the completion of the massage you will rest a short time, dress and your visit is complete.

The massage therapy services are provided through Health and Wellness Education,  Indiana University Health Center, 855-7338.

For more information:

American Massage Therapy Association - 820 Davis Street, Suite 100 Evanston, IL 60201. Ph: 1-708-864-0123

Czimbal, B., and Zadikov, M., Vitamin T. A Guide to Health Touch, Open Book, Portland, OR, 1991.

Davis, M., Eschelman, E.R., McKay, M., The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland, CA, 1995.

Downing, G., The Massage Book, Random House, New York, 1972.

Lacroix, N., Massage for Total Stress Relief, Random House, New York, 1990.

Maxwell-Hudson, C., The Complete Book of Massages, Random House, New York, 1988.