Total Relaxation

Don't save a great massage for special "spa" days. Massage therapy is about so much more than pampering. It can be a part of your general health routine. Our massage sessions are open to all UofM employees, students, alumni, and community members, with rates varying according to membership status (see rate chart below).

To schedule an appointment, call 901.678.1383.

Talk about total relaxation and relief. If you want to release tension, turn to massage therapy. Stress affects everyone — from athletes training for the Olympics to students juggling heavy course loads while working to pay for college. You know you are overly stressed when you experience headaches, cramps, back pain, and physical tension. Stress can also lead to sleepless nights, decreased energy, and lower self-esteem.  Therapeutic massage therapy offers a hands-on approach to good health. When specific massage techniques are applied to various muscle groups, the muscle fibers respond in a number of positive ways:

Muscle cell circulation, metabolism, and nutrition for repair and growth will be increased.

Muscle fatigue will be eliminated more rapidly.

Muscle soreness will be reduced.

A state of mental and physical relaxation will be achieved in which repair, recovery, and well-being will be enhanced.

Campus Recreation Intramural Services offers full-treatment massages performed by licensed massage therapists at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center on an appointment basis.



  • $30/30-minute session
  • $60/60-minute session

Non-Student Members

  • $70/60-minute session


  • $80/60-minute session

Pay for the massage session at the entry counter and present your receipt to the massage therapist. Massage gift certificates may be purchased at the Recreation Center during regular operating hours.

History of massage

Massage is thought to be the oldest form of medical therapy practiced on the human body. The different types of massage and the various techniques that encompass them stem from our most celebrated civilizations and the traditional beliefs of ancient Greece, Rome, India and China.

Dating as far back as 2,700 B.C., ancient Eastern Chinese cultures practiced massage to heal a variety of ailments from labor pain to paralysis. Ancient Egyptian tombs  have been discovered adorned with images of figures being massaged. In addition, according to traditional Indian medicine, a system known as Ayurveda, therapeutic massage was performed using a variety of aromatherapy oils and spices for their healing properties. Even Greek and Roman heroes — such as the great Julius Caesar — underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

In Western culture the most practiced form of massage is undoubtedly Swedish massage. First introduced in the 19th century, Swedish masseuses were thought to have borrowed many of their techniques from traditional practices originating from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. A variety of the most effective massage techniques have also been incorporated into other complementary therapies — aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology, Rolfing, Amma therapy and osteopathy.

Many of our now popular modern massage techniques were created in order to heal specific health conditions. For example, soldiers who fought in World War I were administered massage for nerve damage and to soothe shell shock in western hospitals during the 1930s.

Massage is still used today for treating a wide range of ages from babies to seniors and in a variety of intensive care, health club, and health clinic and hospital settings. To this day, massage is still used to treat various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke. Click on the links below to discover an amazing  variety of massage therapy techniques. You're almost certain to find a popular style that suits your body perfectly!

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