MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage is is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body.
  • All Campus Recreation massage therapists are certified with at least 500 hours of massage training from an AMTA accredited/approved massage school.
  • This is the same certification requirement of all businesses that provide massage services. Here at the ARC, we offer the same relaxing and luxurious experience you would expect from a private massage studio.
  • We offer a variety of massages including relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage and many more.
  • Reservations are required. Need to be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Services include:
    • private rooms with state-of-the-art fully adjustable beds
    • personal robe and slippers
    • private showers
    • basic toiletries and linens
    • single use lockers for your personal belongings
Massage (50 minutes) 1 - 3 Sessions 4 - 6 Sessions
UCI Students $50 $45
ARC Members $60 $55
Eligible Non-Members* $70 $65
all fees are per session (*includes $10 ARC Day use fee)

For more information, please contact FitWell Services at 949-824-5045.

TYPES OF MASSAGE

Swedish Massage: A blend of Swedish and circulatory massage strokes, the relaxation massage promotes body and mind relaxation. It will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This style of massage can be experienced in a lighter or stronger style.

Deep Tissue Massage/Sports Massage: A more technical and sometimes more aggressive style, the deep tissue massage is utilized for its therapeutic benefits. This massage is for any person, athlete or not, who enjoys a vigorous massage.

Active Release Technique: (for upper body only) Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Hand/Foot Massage: Foot and Hand massage technique is one of the most relaxing things that you can administer to yourself or others. This treatment last approximately 15-20 minutes and is in conjunction with a Swedish or deep tissue massage.

Pre-Natal Massage: Pre-Natal Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, there are many other benefits for the mom-to-be and her baby, too. Touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. During the massage the mother's body will be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.

Trigger Point Massage: A form of neuromuscular massage that works on specific points within the body which trigger pain in other areas. A trigger point massage therapist applies concentrated finger, knuckle or elbow pressure to trigger points (painful, irritated areas within muscles) for several seconds to ease spasms and pain caused by continual muscle tension. Benefits include increased blood circulation and release of pain and pressure on nerves.

TMJ Massage: For those with TMJ the face muscles can become very tight and sore. Certain massage techniques can help relax muscles and ease pain.

Massage Cupping: Cupping or vacuum therapy is as old as suction. Healers in cultures all over the world have used suction for thousands of years to treat bites, skin infections, lung congestion, etc. using a variety of devices from hollow reeds to glass cups. If you are familiar with cupping at all it's probably as practiced in Chinese Medicine. Cupping is safe, very effective and has a myriad of applications. For the most part massage therapy modalities are varieties of compression. The area is compressed with kneading, gliding strokes or static pressure. A vacuum therapy like cupping decompresses the skin, fascia and muscle. Decompression breaks adhesion, improves blood and lymph circulation, can help reduce scars and increase range of motion for a wide range of conditions.
Nancy has used massage cupping successfully on temporomandibular joint dysfunction, old ankle sprains, C-section scars, frozen shoulder and many other conditions.

Lymphatic Drainage: Scar tissue, dehydration, prolonged sitting/driving, inactive lifestyle, surgeries, tight clothing, overweight, lymph node damage/removal, trauma, meds, new-old injuries and many other conditions can slow normal lymphatic drainage. Why is this important? The lymphatic system first delivers nutrients, fat & repair factors from your blood to your cells and then removes intracellular toxic waste. This toxic mix cannot go back into your bloodstream because it would make you very sick and/or kill you. Instead it is carried to a series of lymph nodes where any bacteria, fat, viruses, cellular waste & debris are treated before it can be safely dumped back into the blood stream then delivered to the liver and other organs for disposal. Yes fat moves in and out of the cells by the lymphatic system. Lymphatic congestion causes swelling (edema), pain, lethargy & illness. Prevention/self-help includes proper hydration, stretching, healthy diet, walking/movement and maintaining normal weight. Like with intestinal constipation the lymphatic system sometimes needs a little outside help. Swelling caused by congestive heart failure or infection is contraindicated for this therapy. Much of the lymphatic system is superficial - just under the skin so the touch is light. The important part is direction. The therapist gently draws the lymph to large lymph collection areas in the armpits, inguinal or the neck. Working from body out to the limbs Nancy uses cups for this therapy.

Oncology Massage: "A Survivor Safe Zone" an oncology massage is a customized client service designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in, or with a history of, cancer treatment. An oncology trained massage therapist is able to provide therapeutic massage for oncology clients by recognizing and working safely within a framework of clinical considerations. Cancer treatments; surgery, radiation & chemotherapy have treatment related side effects that impact the pressure & direction of a massage along with "how I feel today" from the client. Massage does not spread cancer. Cancer spread is controlled by the DNA in the cancer cells. So get a massage because it feels good and feeling good is great therapy!

Massage Therapists Schedules

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Nancy Wednesdays (3:00pm - 8:00pm)
Thursdays (4:00pm - 8:00pm)
  Massage Types: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hand/Foot, Pre-Natal, TMJ, Massage Cupping, Lymphatic Drainage, and Oncology Massage.
 
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Youcef Wednesdays (10:00am - 2:00pm)
Fridays (10:00am - 1:00pm)
  Massage Types: Swedish, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point
     
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Kristen Mondays (1:00pm - 6:00pm)
Tuesdays (2:00pm - 8:00pm)
Fridays (10:00am - 3:00pm)
  Massage Types: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal and Hand/Foot
     
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Joe Saturdays (9:00am - 1:00pm)
  Massage Types: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Active Release, and Trigger Point
   
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Saied Thursdays (12pm - 4pm)
  Massage Types: Swedish, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point
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To Schedule a massage, contact FitWell Services
(824-5045). Appointments are necessary and need to
be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.