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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who can benefit from a massage?
    Young, old, athletes, counselors, writers, anyone!

  • Why would I consider getting a therapeutic massage?
    • It feels wonderful!
    • To be even healthier. Wellness means you can feel better than you ever knew was possible.
    • To increase your body awareness and sensitivity.
    • To relieve everyday stress as well as more extreme stress from key times of pressure or crisis.
    • To become calmer, more focused, thus more creative.
    • To think clearly and to quiet mental static; to be in relaxed alertness.
    • To nourish your muscles and whole self.
    • All of these help to prevent illness and improve health.

  • When would massage therapy not be recommended?
    With certain circulatory ailments, especially phlebitis/ thrombosis, as well as high fever, infectious disease, cancer (some types), cardiac problems, certain skin problems, inflamed or infected injuries, areas of hemorrhage or heavy tissue damage, recent fractures or sprains (circulation needs to be reduced for the first 24-48 hours.) If you have any questions, consult your physician.*(from "A Guide to Massage Therapy in America")

  • Who may schedule a massage appointment?
    Massage is available to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and their spouses, Chippewa Valley Technical College students who live in UWEC residence halls and Chippewa Valley Technical College students, faculty and staff who have purchased the Inter-Institutional Agreement (McPhee pass) at the CVTC Cashier's Window. The Massage Therapy Center is located at the Crest Fitness Center.

  • What is Sport Massage?
    Sport Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during and after athletic events. The main purpose of the massage is to alleviate stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissue during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Some other purposes of sport massage are to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.