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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy
Available to:
• Students enrolled for credit courses
Available as:
• Appointment
Make an appointment:
• Online @ the health portal
• By phone, 212 217.4190
• In person, David Dubinsky Rm A402

Please note:
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you miss two or more appointments, you may no longer be able to schedule future Massage Therapy appointments unless medically necessary.

Medical massage therapy can help students who suffer from ailments relating to sports injuries, arthritis, muscle pain or circulatory problems. Our massage therapist employs techniques applied to the muscular structure and soft tissues such as kneading, stroking, tapping, compression, and pressure to reduce stress and fatigue and improve circulation to aid in muscle health recovery. If you have any chronic issues, please consult with a healthcare provider at Health Services in order to create a care plan specialized for you.

Before your appointment

  • Make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage.
    Reschedule your visit if have a fever, skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massage can affect the dosage needed).
  • In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water.
  • Do not eat just before your massage. Consume a meal no less than an hour prior to your massage. If needed, a small snack prior to you massage is manageable.
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relax. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.

After your appointment

  • Drinking water after a deep massage can help to flush lactic acid from your tissues and prevent soreness.

Answers to common questions during the massage

Is it common to experience emotions?

  • It depends. You might be having a day filled with emotions: sadness, joy or exhaustion.
  • Sometimes the touch, music that brings up memories, or the smell of the massage oil may release feelings.
  • The body can react by crying, laughing, or "shivering from cold."
  • The mind can also become absorbed in the feelings rather than the massage.
  • Your therapist will simply ask if you are okay to continue receiving touch and given your answer, he or she will monitor how you are doing and adjust the session goals accordingly.

Is it okay to talk?

  • Yes, it is okay to talk.
  • Be mindful of how much you talk, you may get more benefits from a relaxation massage.
  • If you are nervous during the process of receiving your massage and need to talk to feel safe, the message therapist is here for you.

What if I am embarrassed about my body?

  • Remember that the massage therapist is a professional who is sensitive to possible client issues with touch and are non-judgmental about your body weight, amount of hair, skin conditions, scars, disabilities, medical conditions, or personal history of trauma.
  • If you would like to speak to the health educator, a nutritionist, or counseling about your body image, please notify the massage therapist or call (212) 217-4190 to schedule an appointment.