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Therapeutic Massage

Campus Recreation offers therapeutic bodywork and massage services to all MAC members and UTA faculty/staff. Appointments can be made by contacting Wes Nelson, LMT, MT120781, at 817-228-2228 or via email at wesley.nelson@uta.edu. Wes is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services to practice the profession of massage therapy.

Fees for massage therapy

15-minute massage - $15*

30-minute massage - $30

60-minute massage - $55

90-minute massage - $80

*To be used for in-house chair massage

**Chair massage is also available upon request for on-campus events or for departmental use. We'll come to you! Chair massage is billed at $1/minute with a 10-minute minimum and an IDT will be used to collect payment, once the services have been rendered. To arrange for this service please contact Jeremy Roden, Assistant Director for University Wellness, at jroden@uta.edu.

Forms, Payment and Process

Therapists are required to keep a Massage Questionnaire on file for each client. This form must be filled out each first time visit with a new therapist. Massage Questionnaires are available at the Services and Information Desk or can be provided by your therapist at the initial appointment. If you would like to download and print one of these forms, please go here.

We accept cash, credit card or personal check for payment. All payments must be made at the Services and Information Desk at the MAC. We apologize but we do not currently have an online payment option. At the time of purchase you will receive a receipt for your records. All therapy sessions take place in MAC 131. Please meet your therapist there at your scheduled time. Therapists are not allowed to handle payment of any form and tipping is not permitted.

Reasons to Use UTA’s Therapeutic Bodywork and Massage Program

  • You get the full amount of time you pay for. Sessions are no less than 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90, or 120 minutes in length. Time does not begin until you are on the table, and the therapist begins working on you.

  • Dependent upon the individual client’s health, hot towels, heat packs, and/or ice massage might be used at no additional costs.

  • Each massage is individualized to the client.

  • We have one staff therapist which means they will be familiar with your individual needs every time you visit.

  • The Therapy Room is located inside the MAC, just a brief walk from anywhere on campus.

Benefits of Massage

Research has shown that in relation to exercise and athletic participation massage can:*

  • Reduce muscle tension4, 18, 19

  • Help athletes monitor muscle tone4, 19

  • Promote relaxation4, 18, 19

  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity4, 18, 19

  • Increase range of motion4, 14, 18, 19

  • Improve soft tissue function4, 18

  • Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state6

  • Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.7

  • Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise8, 18, 19

  • Improve exercise performance8, 9, 18, 19

  • Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

  • Be the most efficient intervention for maintaining maximal performance time in subsequent exercise tests when combined with active recovery from maximal exercise12

  • Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise13

  • Reduce swelling17, 19

  • Reduce breathing pattern disorders18

  • Enhance athletic performance4, 18, 19

  • May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly18, 19

Individuals who participate in exercise and athletic programs who seek enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention, and assistance in maintaining peek fitness can benefit from massage therapy given by professional massage therapists working within their scope of practice. 

* Some research sample sizes are small, and not all are randomized trials.

Source: http://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-for-Those-Who-Exercise.html

Client Resources

American Massage Therapy Association - Client Resources

Questions or Comments

For questions about the program or to leave feedback or comments regarding a therapist or your experience in a session, please contact Jeremy Roden, Assistant Director University Wellness, at jroden@uta.edu.

Thank you for utilizing Campus Recreation programs and services!

 
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How can you sign up?

Massage appointments are available to all MAC members by calling 817-272-3277 or stopping by the Services & Information Desk of the MAC.

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