Therapeutic Massage

List of Services

Phone: 706-542-8634

Monday - Friday, 8 am- 5 pm
Closed from 12:00 noon - 1 pm

Massage Therapy is located within the Physical Therapy Department on the first floor of the University Health Center.


Appointments are necessary. Appointments can be made in person, online, or by phone.

Missed Appointments

If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 24 hours on the preceding business day to avoid a $30 missed-appointment charge.

Accessing Services

No prescription or referral is needed for massage therapy, and gift certificates may be purchased for yourself, other students, spouses, or faculty at UHC Business Services (706-542-8621).

Contact our department for information on massage therapy presentations for the student community.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a general term for health and healing practices involving touch and movement. It is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.

What to Expect

The massage therapist will review your symptoms and needs and will ask you questions about your problem and condition. A variety of massage techniques are used to reduce tension and pain, improve blood flow, relax muscles, and provide a sense of well being and relaxation.

Privacy: Before your session, you will be asked to enter the room, undress (as much as you are comfortable with: most people undress down to their underwear), lay on the massage table, and lay a sheet over the top of your body. The therapist will use a sheet to drape you during the session to provide coverage and ensure that modesty is respected. After the session is over, you will be provided privacy while getting dressed.

How to Get the Most From Your Massage

  • Don’t eat just before a massage session. Your body should have time to digest your meal first.
  • Be on time. It is quite difficult to relax if you arrive in a rushed state.
  • Try to be open-minded and receptive to the massage therapist and session.
  • Let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.
  • If you have a preference, communicate with the therapist if you like to talk or prefer to remain silent during your massage.
  • Provide feedback to the massage therapist advising on the amount of pressure you desire, report any discomfort or distractions from the technique, music, temperature, etc.
  • Breathing properly helps us relax, so try to breathe normally.
  • Relax.
  • Drink plenty of water after your massage, this helps to flush away any toxins released from your soft tissue.
  • Take your time when getting up from a massage. Try to take in how you feel, the effects of the session, and make sure you are not dizzy or light-headed.
  • Therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative. If you are getting a massage to help with chronic pain or tension, be open and prepared to schedule follow up massage sessions.

University Health Center Massage Policies

Cancellation of appointments:
We ask that patients cancel appointments by 5:00pm the day prior to their scheduled appointment.

When you are scheduled for a treatment session, the time is reserved especially for you. When you cancel without timely/proper notification or if you do not show up for your scheduled session it makes it difficult for us to maintain a consistent schedule for our therapists and for those patients who are on our waiting list wanting to be scheduled.

We value all of our patients and we hope you will understand that in the interest of fairness it is important to have advance notice of cancellations so that those spots may be used by other patients. Thank you for your understanding. If you need to cancel an appointment, please call us ASAP so we have the opportunity to offer your appointment to another patient.

There is a $30 charge for late cancellations and missed appointments.

Late arrivals will not receive an extension of scheduled services unless schedule permits. Late arrivals will be responsible for full-service costs.

List of Services

Prices are listed for each service.
UGA students who have paid their Health Fee pay the Fees-Paid rate (FP) noted in parentheses.

UHC Signature Massage:

A combination of swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, myoskeletal alignment, and reflexology.
25 minutes: ($30 FP)/$40
50 minutes: ($55 FP)/$65

Swedish/Relaxation Massage:

Used to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, increase circulation, release toxins, and improve skin and muscle tone. A system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.
25 minutes: ($30 FP)/$40
50 minutes: ($55 FP)/$65

Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release:

Used to release patterns of tension in the body through slower and stretching strokes as well as more deep finger pressure on contracted areas in muscle, tendons, and fascia.
25 minutes: ($30 FP)/$40
50 minutes: ($55 FP)/$65

Medical Massage:

A manual therapy massage for those seeking relief from musculoskeletal ailments. The massage is designed to look at a comprehensive view of the body through assessment and evaluation from the massage therapist in order to provide a specific treatment. Treatment plan information will be provided at the end of the session. This massage will be filed with insurance (subject to the individual’s insurance plan). A doctor’s prescription is required. For pricing and more information, please call 706-542-8634.

Prenatal and Pregnancy Massage:

Used to relieve both physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy. In the session, clients will be comfortably supported with pillows and cushions. Used to reduce swelling in the hands and lower legs, alleviate pain, and improve skin elasticity to help reduce stretch marks. (For women in 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy only).
Schedule with Massage Therapists Amy Abrahamsen or Robert Douglas only.
25 minutes: ($35 FP)/$45
50 minutes: ($60 FP)/$70

Reiki Energy Healing Therapy:

Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan. During a Reiki session, the practitioner places their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response. In the United States, Reiki is part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is used to promote overall health and well-being. Reiki creates a very peaceful state of mind, and may commonly be used for chronic pain and insomnia.
Schedule with Massage Therapist Renildo Guimaraes only.
45 minutes: ($45 FP)/$55

Package Pricing:

Packages of 3/5 expire six-months from purchase date. Packages of 10 expire one-year from purchase date.

Three 25 minute massage sessions: ($85 FP)/$115
Five 25 minute massage sessions: ($135 FP)/$180
Ten 25 minute massage sessions: ($225 FP)/$340

Three 50 minute massage sessions: ($150 FP)/$175
Five 50 minute massage sessions: ($235 FP)/$275
Ten 50 minute massage sessions: ($440 FP)/$520

Gift Certificates are available for purchase at the Cashier’s desk or by calling 706-542-8621.

Brochures (pdf)

How to Carry Your Backpack to Reduce Neck and Joint Pain/Injury
Repetitive Stress Injury / Proper Work Station
How to Take Care of Your Back

Useful Links

American Massage Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association