Massage Therapy

The Center for Health & Counseling offers massage therapy at an incredibly low cost to assist students, staff, and faculty in pursuing a less stressful, more successful semester. Massage therapy can aid in relieving physical aches and pains, while providing a number of mental health benefits as well. Whether it’s your first massage or 100th massage, we are glad to serve you! Each of our massage therapists are Licensed Massage Therapists with years of experience!

Call 801-957-4268 to schedule an appointment.

We are currently offering massage appointments Monday through Thursday to currently enrolled students and employees. To request a chair massage services for your SLCC department, please email whitney.ockey@slcc.edu. Note: Massage therapy is a very popular service. We will be unable to provide chair massages without a 6 week notice. Chair massage costs can be discussed during scheduling. Thank you for understanding.

Massage Services

Call 801-957-4268 or visit our center in-person to schedule a massage appointment. There is a limit of 2 standing appointments per person. For example, if you are scheduled on March 1 and 30, you cannot schedule another appointment until your March 1 appointment is completed. 

Payment is due at the time of appointment. The cost for students is $30 per 50-minute massage and $40 for employees. We accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard credit card payment and cash. 

Tips are appreciated but not expected. If you’d like to tip your massage therapist, please give cash directly to the therapist (not the front desk staff) or pick up a Venmo card which we have placed in our office.

Please plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to your appointment if you have not completed new patient paperwork. You may arrive on time to your appointment if you have paperwork up-to-date and completed but be aware that late arrivals result in a shorter massage for the same standard price. 

When you don't show up to your appointment, it is considered a "no-show." Accumulating two massage no-shows will result in loss of eligibility for these services for the remainder of the semester. Want to avoid losing your eligibility? Remember the date/time of your appointment and cancel with more than 24 hours notice if you can't keep the appointment. To cancel, visit the Patient Portal and login to cancel your upcoming appointment or call 801-957-4268 during operating hours to cancel. Notice, it is your responsibility to show up on time to your appointment.

No-shows and late cancellations (not giving 24 hours notice) result in a $10 fee that will be placed on your account. The same fees apply for medical and counseling appointments. These fees need to be paid off in the current semester. If your account fee balance reaches $50 or higher, you will not be eligible to schedule any service with us.

All session times include five minutes for initial consultation and undressing and conclude with five minutes for redressing and recommendations. For example, a 60-minute massage session will consist of five minutes for initial consultation and undressing, 50-minutes of a hands-on massage and five minutes for redressing and recommendations.

Our Massage Therapists are happy to adjust pressure, temperature, musical volume, work longer on an area or move on if you request it.

The client may choose to: leave on as much clothing as needed for comfort, refuse any massage methods, stop massage at any time.

The client will always be modestly draped. Only the area being massaged will be undraped. The clients will be kept informed of the area to be massaged. The breast and genital area will not be massaged under any circumstances. A professional distance will be maintained from these areas. Also, low back, hip & gluteal area will be massaged only on request.

Sexual interaction or discussion of any kind between the client and the massage therapist is NEVER appropriate. Should a client behave in a manner that violates this professional boundary, the session will be ended and the client will still be required to pay for the session in full; but will be asked to not come back.

We treat all client visits and conditions as confidential. As such, we will not discuss your visit with anybody outside of our staff without your express permission.

You may choose to talk or not talk during the massage. Conversation will be guided by the client’s direction. We are happy to listen to your conversation and share our professional expertise. We prefer to not discuss topics of a political, private or sexual nature.

Occasionally an emotional response to massage occurs. If this happens, it is ok to express the feelings in our safe, nonjudgmental environment, or you may request privacy and/or end the session. CHC has counselors available to help with any of these emotional issues as well if further help is needed.

It is the responsibility of the client to keep the massage therapist informed of any medical treatment currently being taken, and to keep the massage therapist informed of any changes in health conditions. Massage Therapists are not qualified to perform skeletal adjustments, diagnose, prescribe, or treat any physical or mental illness, and that nothing said during the session should be perceived as such. Massage or bodywork should not be perceived as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment and the client should consult a physician, chiropractor, or other qualified medical specialist for any mental or physical condition that you are aware of.

Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash. We cannot accept or verify lost gift certificates. All gift certificates must be presented at time of service or you must pay by other means. Gift certificates may only be redeemed by current SLCC students, staff, or faculty and expire one academic year from the date of purchase.  All gift certificates are non-refundable. 

Group chair massages for events, department meetings or gatherings are available upon request. Massage therapy is a very popular service. We will be unable to provide chair massages without a 6 week notice. Chair massage costs can be discussed during scheduling. All chair massage services are available exclusively to the SLCC community (i.e., current students, and employees). Our management will try their best to accommodate requests, but due to the massage therapist’s schedules, we may not have the availability. Gift certificates are always make for a good department gift!

To request chair massages, email whitney.ockey@slcc.edu or call 801-957-4837.

Massage FAQ

You should undress to your desired level of comfort. Some clients prefer to be completely undressed, while others prefer to keep their undergarments on. This is completely up to you. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.

Even if you don’t have a specific health issue, massage therapy can provide many benefits, such as:

  • Stress reduction and improved mental health
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased immune system functioning
  • Release of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller
  • Improved range of motion and decreased discomfort associated with lower back pain
  • Relaxation of injured and overused muscles
  • Reduced muscle spasms and cramping
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Recovery from strenuous workouts
  • Pain relief from migraines
  • Reduce post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduced scar tissue

After your massage that same day, there are some easy, pleasant things you can do to help prevent some of the next-day soreness:

Be purposeful about your water intake, both before and after your appointment. As mentioned above, hydrated muscles are more flexible. Also, there are some strongly-held beliefs that drinking water after a massage can help to flush away the toxins released by massage. Staying hydrated is important before or after a massage session.

Do some gentle stretching that evening, paying special attention to your trouble spots that received the most attention during your massage.

Take a warm bath, ideally with Epsom salts (1/2 cup to 1 cup for adults), and soak for 20-40 minutes. Epsom salts are an inexpensive and effective way to further help your body rid itself of toxins and reduce muscle inflammation. You also get the added bonus of absorbing the beneficial magnesium found in Epsom salts through your skin.

 As your body becomes accustomed to regular massages, you’ll experience the next-day soreness less frequently, making the experience that much more pleasurable. 

A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage personalized to your needs.

For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.

A license means that a massage therapist has met the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in your city, county and/or state. To obtain a license, a massage therapist will usually have to complete a minimum number of training hours at an accredited or accepted school or training center and will have to undergo a full background check prior to receiving that license. Each state has specific licensing and/or certification requirements for massage therapists. All our Massage Therapists are licensed with the State of Utah.

You will be properly covered or draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. No areas will be exposed without your consent. You should always let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable for any reason during your massage session.

Gift certificates and appointment reservation charges are not redeemable for cash and are non-refundable. We are not responsible for lost or stolen gift certificates.

Clients are expected to exhibit good hygiene and are asked to minimize the use of perfume, cologne and heavily scented personal products.  E-cigarettes are banned in the same places as regular cigarettes. There is no smoking of any kind within campus buildings. The CHC massage room is located in a “Quiet Zone” and we ask that your voice be kept low. No use of cell phones is allowed in the CHC, except for professional use.

Massages are offered at Taylorsville Redwood campus during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Our office is located on the lower level of the Student Center STC 035 on the Taylorsville Redwood campus. Call 801-957-4268 during business hours to schedule a massage.

The cost for students is $30 for an hour massage appointment. SLCC employees pay $40. Payment is due at the time of booking. You must schedule your massage in advance, on a first-come, first-served basis. Massage reservation fees are considered a non-refundable deposit.