Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Massage incorporates a variety of techniques that enhance the body’s natural curative function. Research has shown that therapeutic massage alleviates physical and psychological stress, reduces pain, improves mental focus and clarity, aids soft tissue healing, and improves immune function. It can be used as a supportive addition to conventional treatments of injury and illness, or used as a preventative and restorative therapy on its own. When scheduled regularly, massage can support an ideal state of wellness by providing the habitual release of muscular tension, relief from anxiety and stress, and assist in the prevention of seasonal ailments, such as the cold or flu.

Our licensed staff incorporate advanced techniques that enhance your body’s ability to better manage physical and mental stress, allowing you to be the best student possible.

Services

All services are priced at the same rate as a benefit to Johns Hopkins students.

  • 30 minutes – $35
  • 60 minutes* – $60
  • 90 minutes – $85

Packages are available for three 1-hour or two 1.5-hour services. We offer a 12% savings for series sessions of 3 hours or more (purchased in advance). Gift Certificates are available upon request.

Payment is accepted in cash, check, or credit (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). Payment is due before your appointment begins, and is handled by the individual therapist with whom you are booked.

If you have a preference for a massage therapist, please specify Emily LaBathe or Nathan Nevius when you call to schedule your appointment.

Techniques Offered:

  • Swedish Massage: promotes general relaxation through the use of kneading, friction, and passive movements, stimulating the skin and superficial musculature. This technique is great for reducing emotional stress and general fatigue.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: progressive pressure coupled with passive movement work to release areas of chronically contracted muscle and connective tissue. Recommended for those who have previously experienced therapeutic massage or prefer deeper pressure.
  • Orthopedic/Sports Massage: combining a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy, this therapeutic approach helps manage the issues of prolonged injuries and chronic pain of joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments.
  • Lymphatic Drainage: gentle pressure coupled with a slowed pace is used to stimulate lymph circulation. This is an effective therapy for conditions of chronic inflammation, tendonitis, arthritis, and digestive disorders.

Location and Hours

The massage therapists operate out of the Student Health and Wellness Center and offer appointments during normal SHWC operating hours and after the SHWC closes. If you have a scheduled appointment after regular operating hours, your massage therapist will come to let you in just prior to your scheduled appointment time.

What To Expect

Before and During your Session

Confidential intake forms are made during your first session and are updated after each visit. Payment is accepted before the start of your appointment and is paid directly to the therapist.

Each therapeutic session is scheduled with plenty of time to allow you to meet your therapist, ask questions, and to discuss any new wellness goals. During a session, clients are always encouraged to let their therapist know what is most comfortable – if you want to adjust the amount of pressure, temperature of the table, or have a question about the technique being used, simply speak up. Our therapists are also permitted to advise you in matters of self-care, exercise, and stress relief. When necessary, your therapist may recommend alternative or complimentary care (physical therapy, chiropractic adjustment, psychotherapy, or nutritional counseling) to best suit your needs.

After your Session

After each appointment we recommend that you allot about 10 minutes to reorient yourself and to drink upwards of 20oz. of water, as manual manipulation will cause a flux in the body’s hydrodynamic pressure. You are always encouraged to follow up with your therapist if you have any questions or concerns.

Licensed Massage Therapists

Emily LaBathe, BS, LMT

Emily has been practicing at the SHWC since 2004. She previously worked at the University of Maryland, Health Center for 12 years, where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Emily is a nationally certified practitioner and a professional member of AMTA. Her holistic therapy draws from an array of disciplines including Craniosacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation. She also offers sessions of energetic healing.

Nathan D. Nevius, BS, LMT

Nathan is a nationally certified massage therapist and has been in practice since 2005. He holdsa Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Fascia Research Society. His background also includes extensive experience in acrobatic gymnastics and distance running. Nathan offers a collective therapeutic expertise with an emphasis in fascia distortion therapy. Predominantly, he works with issues of chronic pain, muscle and joint soreness, chronic fatigue and stress.

Jennifer Irizarry, BA, LMT

Jennifer is a state certified massage therapist. She received her massage education from Baltimore’s Holistic Massage Training Institute and has been in the massage industry since 2015. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Jennifer’s approach to massage is client-centered. She is passionate about helping her clients feel their best. She prioritizes each session by focusing on main areas of concern while creating a comfortable and relaxing experience. She incorporates various techniques during each session, including, Swedish, deep-tissue, stretching, and other integrations as she sees fit. Her background includes working with clients who struggle with somatized stress, neck and shoulder pain, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and injury.