- Walk-in Services
Height & Weight
- Fitness Assessment Services
Basic Fitness Assessment
- Exercise Prescription Services
Weight Training Orientation
Kick Start Program
Total Fitness Package
Fitness Center Orientation
- Personal Training
- Instructional Programs
- Group X
Group Fitness Schedule
Trainings & Certifications
- Massage Services
Deep Tissue Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 4pm
1906 College Heights Blvd #11097
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101
o: (270) 745-6531
The Health & Fitness Lab offers professional massage therapy services to the WKU campus AND the Bowling Green, KY community. We offer relaxation massages, as well as therapeutic treatments to help with muscle pain and injuries. The Health & Fitness Lab employees both male and female massage therapists. Our rates are the most competitive in town, and we offer free parking to our clients from Bowling Green and the surrounding areas. We are also one of the few places around that offers the John Barnes method of Myofascial Release therapy. Give us a call to book your massage today!
This system of massage employs movements that are slow and gentle. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation while promoting health & well-being. Swedish massage refers to a collection of techniques designed primarily to to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The goal of Swedish Massage is to speed the venous return of un-oxygenated blood and toxins for the extremities. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
The term deep tissue massage refers to various regimens or massage styles that are directed toward the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. In most deep tissue massage techniques the aim is to affect the various layers of fascia that support muscle tissues and loosen bonds between the layers of connective tissue. This system is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Deep tissue massage helps release muscle congestion and relaxes muscle tissue.
Stone massage is a form of bodywork that involves the application of heated stones to the body during swedish massage. This system of massage stimulates the circulatory system. softens and relaxes muscles, helps to release toxins, induces a state of deep relaxation, relieves pain and muscle spasms, and creates a feeling of peacefulness.
Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork that uses stretches, holds, rocking motions to release the fascia (fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other). This method can help clients with movement restrictions, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and upper and lower back pain, and persistent headaches. Because of modesty issues, women need to wear a two piece bathing suit and men need to wear gym shorts/swimming trunks. Please do not apply any lotion on the day of your appointment.
Prenatal:This is available for any woman who is 13 weeks or later into her pregnancy, as well as postpartum.
Meet Our Licensed Massage Therapists:
Mark has been on the WKU Health & Fitness Lab's Massage Therapy staff for over a year now. A local resident of Bowling Green, Mark graduated from Natural Health Institute in 2011 to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. While attending NHI he studied a range of different massage therapy applications. His integrative method of massage is rooted in the principles of the late Janet Travell M.D., a pioneer of the myofascial approach to managing muscle and connective tissue pain. Mark is actively studying massage to gain an understanding of the body and it's natural healing process. Here at the Health and Fitness Lab he offers Swedish, Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release services.
Jacque Doyle is our new female licensed massage therapist at the Health and Fitness Lab Massage Program. She has over 4 years of experience utilizing neuro-muscular massage therapy, sports massage, Swedish massage, TMJ release, hot stone, prenatal/post-partum, geriatric and Infant massage instruction. Jacque comes to us from Colorado and received her education in the 1150 hour program at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her neuro-muscular therapy certification (IANMT) is through Judith Delany's method of the International Association of Neuro-Muscular Therapy. While in Colorado Jacque worked as a massage therapist at The Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, Nizhoni Health Center, and ran her own massage business "LifeStages Massage Therapy". Jacque plans to continue her knowledge/experience in other modalities in order to continue meeting clients needs. Here at the Health & Fitness Lab Jacque will begin by offering Swedish, Deep Tissue and Prenatal appointments on Monday through Friday.