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 only licensed, board certified 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. Give us a call to book your massage today!
COVID19 & Massage
Here are the protocols we have put in place to keep our clients and staff safe during
- Masks: Clients are required to wear masks to enter the Preston Center, and during their massage. You will take your mask off when lying face down. The therapists will wear a mask the entire massage.
- Excretions: We now use an additional pillowcase on the headrest that hangs down and creates a “pocket” for excretions from clients while they are downward facing. Masks are worn the rest of the massage to prevent spread.
- Health Checks: The Front Desk of the Preston Center will ask you to verify that you do not have any of the 9 conditions listed on the COVID-19 Daily Health Checklist. Everyone entering the building (staff and members) must stop and have their temperature scanned before entering the gate.
- Paperwork: We have moved our paperwork online to reduce touchpoints.
- Checking In: Clients need to remain in their cars and call to check in. This is to prevent multiple clients being in the office.
- Cleaning: We continue to change all linens and wipe down all surfaces in our massage rooms between clients (not a new policy).
Massage Types & Rates
You can find our rates and more information on each type of massage below. Be sure to read the appointment procedures also so you are well informed of our policies. You can call (270)745-6531 with any additional questions.
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.
This is available for any woman who is 13 weeks or later into her pregnancy, as well as postpartum.
We also offer massage packages for Faculty/Staff, Alumni and the Community. Packages provide the client a discount for buying in bulk. We currently offer "3 Packs" for Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Prenatal massages. Click the link below to see the package rates.
We are now offering a Cupping add-on for deep tissue and swedish massages! Cupping is a flat $10 rate added to any massage. (Only offered by Carolyn Boyd at this time)
Type: We use silicone cups.
The softer, pliable silicone cups are very popular because, unlike other types of traditional cupping, silicone cups can be used stationary on a focused area or in motion (stroking sweeps around a tight area of the body). Since they are soft, the therapist can control the degree of suction on a client’s skin. This allows them to adjust the intensity level. If you prefer light pressure massage, you can still benefit from the effects of cupping as well!
- What is it?
- Cupping is where a cup is placed over the area to be treated and a vacuum is created in the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue up toward the surface. Dry cupping is considered a decompression technique—think of it as the opposite of deep tissue massage or foam rolling, which compress your muscles and tissue. The cups are left on the body for five to ten minutes so patients can relax and let the therapeutic effects take place. It’s like a prolonged stretch on the area, which is part of the reason a patient may feel looser if he or she is coming in to address muscle tension
- Cups physically create a vacuum on a person’s skin, or reverse pressure away from the body which pulls up on tight, deep muscle tissue. This process then releases any stagnant blood and lymph to flow freely. Once you increase your body’s circulation this way, you also help move oxygen and nutrients to all those tight muscles to feed them and promote healing and detox.
- What are the benefits?
- Promotes blood circulation & speeds up muscle recovery. The negative pressure from the suction allows new blood to flow into that area of tissue.
- Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions
- Begins the healing and regeneration process - the exchange of blood allows the removal of toxins and dead cells
- Enhances circulation
- Warms the skin, and softens tissues to regain elasticity
- Reduces inflammation
- Calms the nervous system
- Optimizes athletic performance
- Why does it leave red circles?
- It’s important to understand that the red circular marks left behind by the cups are NOT bruises. They very rarely hurt. Bruises are caused by impact trauma that breaks capillaries in the injured area. But there is NO compression or impact trauma when cupping is done correctly. In fact, cupping does the opposite. Instead of compressing/pushing your skin and muscles, it lifts/pulls your skin and tissues.
- The red marks are a result of the blood being pulled into that area. The darker the mark, the more stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) were dredged up during treatment. The marks last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The more often you receive cupping for the same issue, the lighter the marks will be.
(Cupping isn’t for everyone in every situation. Be sure to let your therapist know if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, if you use blood-thinning medication, have certain skin conditions, or are undergoing cancer treatments.)
Booking: Appointments must be paid for at the time of booking. Payment may be made in person or over the phone using a credit card. The Health & Fitness Lab accepts the following payment types: Cash, Check, and VISA, Mastercard, Discover & American Express. Call us at: (270)745-6531 to make your massage appointment (using a credit card only).
Masks: Clients are required to wear masks to enter the Preston Center, and during their massage. You will take your mask off when lying face down. The therapists will wear a mask the entire massage.
Checking In: Clients need to remain in their cars and call to check in (see parking above). This is to prevent multiple clients being in the office.
Health Check: The Front Desk of the Preston Center will ask you to verify that you do not have any of the 9 conditions listed on the COVID-19 Daily Health Checklist. Everyone entering the building (staff and members) must stop and have their temperature scanned before entering the gate.
Sickness: PLEASE do not attempt to get a massage if you are feeling sick or have a fever. This is true for any sickness, and even more true during this COVID pandemic. Massages help get inflammation and toxins out of your muscles and tissues, which can cause a localized sickness to spread to other more vulnerable parts of your body. This is never a good idea.
Late or Missed Appointments: If you are more than 10 minutes late to a 30 minute appointment, or 20 minutes late to a 60 minute or 90 minute appointment, you forfeit your appointment and fees. Your fees are forfeited on any missed appointments also. You can reschedule or cancel up to 24 hours before.
Refunds or Reschedules: You must give 24 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment, or you will forfeit your fee.
Paperwork: We are moving our paperwork online! After you have booked an appointment, you should get an email asking you to complete our client intake form from Massagebook.com. Please make sure this is done prior to your massage.
You may be instructed to provide us a medical clearance note from your family physician. If so, it may be faxed to us at (270) 745-6543.
Parking: Our clients may park in the Health Services Lot. To check your car in, you will now call us at (270)745-6531 (DO NOT GO INTO HEALTH SERVICES). We will need the following info: License Plate #, Plate State, Make, Model and Color of your car.
*Gift Certificates are available for purchase, all gift certificates must be redeemed within one year from the date of purchase. After one year, gift certificates and their associated value will be forfeited.*
Meet Our Licensed Massage Therapists:
Carolyn graduated from the Mind Body Institute in Nashville, TN and is a Bowling Green resident. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for many years, so she brings a wide array of understanding about the body and muscular development. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband. Carolyn currently offers swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massages, and offers a cupping add-on to her swedish and deep tissue appointments.
Anna graduated from Mind Body Institute in Nashville, TN in 2018. She joined the Health & Fitness Lab in May 2019. She is excited to serve the WKU community. Anna offers swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages.