About Massage

The service is available to students, staff, alumni/ae, faculty and spouses. Gift certificates and discounted packages of three are available. Visit our massage room at the Health Service.

Massage Therapy

Call 973.408.3414 to make your appointment today. Please give 24 hours notice for cancellations. Please understand that we contract for this time on your behalf and therefore there will be a $20.00 charge to your account if you do not cancel 24 hours before your appointment time.

 Did you know that Massage:

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain, swelling, and scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Helps relieve mental stress
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

Some conditions that may be helped by Massage Therapy are:

  • Any sort of chronic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Foot pain
  • Back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Lymphatic drainage problems
  • TMJ
  • Swelling
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Arthritis
  • Sinusitis (acupressure to key points)
  • Depression
  • Injuries old and new
  • Stress reduction

Costs

Package prices are available.

Purchase a package of 3 and get a 10% discount

Gift Certificates are available.

Time Students Non-Students
15 minutes (chair massage) $15 $15
30 minutes (table massage) $35 $40
1 hour (table massage) $55 $65
1 hour sports or deep tissue massage $70 $75
1 1/2 hour (recommended for Thai, Hot Stone Therapy) $80 $95

About a Massage Session & What to Expect

  • Sessions are generally an hour in length.
  • Clients are asked to remove as much clothing as one is comfortable with and rest on a padded massage table.
  • Some massage therapists offer to play music during a session, others may feel it is distracting.
  • It is best not to have eaten just before a session.

For a full-body massage you will be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort.

Undressing takes place in private, and a sheet, towel or gown is provided for draping. The therapist will undrape only the part of your body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. Your massage will take place in a comfortable atmosphere and on a padded table. You should expect a peaceful, relaxing experience.

Talking During a Session

Whether or not you would expect to talk during a session depends on your need at the time. Some clients need to talk. Some need silence. Massage therapists will usually try to accommodate what the client needs. However, sometimes talking detracts from entering a state of relaxation or experiencing the physical or nonverbal dimensions of the massage. In any case, feel comfortable giving feedback about your needs and what you like or do not like during the session. Good communication enhances the massage session.

Oils

The massage therapist will likely use a high quality oil or lotion, but if you have an allergic response you should let the massage therapist know.

Your massage therapist can answer many other questions you may have. If for any reason you must miss a massage appointment, your massage therapist will surely appreciate being notified as soon as possible.