Massage Services

MCV Campus Rec & Aquatic Center is closed through Mon,1/22, due to major HVAC system leak. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with contractors and VCU FMD to repair as quickly as possible. We tentatively expect to reopen Tue, 1/ 23. This is subject to change. Larrick Student Center is open. Details at our Facility Status page.



Wellness Program

Wellness

Massage Services

Massage Services

Massage Services is an excellent way to promote a healthy and active life when added to your current wellness plan. Our massage therapists will discuss your needs with you and will implement a customized treatment that will energize your mind and body. 

Benefits of massage:

  • Relieves muscular pain and tension
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Lowers anxiety
  • Helps prevent repetitive strain injury
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves problem-solving and creative thinking

Come to us or we will come to you! We offer table massage in our facilities. VCU student organizations or departments may request mobile chair massage services for a fee.


Table Massage

Table massage is available at Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Recreation & Aquatic Center. Our skilled, registered Massage Therapists offer a variety of massage techniques, available for a 60-minute session.

Table Massage is an excellent tool for relaxation, relieving stress and muscle tension, or assisting in rehabilitating an injury. If you are uncertain which treatment will benefit you, discuss your needs with your therapist when you arrive for your appointment. Whether you’re looking to relieve stress after a long week of studying or prevent injuries after an intense workout, we have a massage for you.

Currently available massages: 

  • Relaxation
  • Deep Tissue

 Fees for 1-hour session

Please note, tips are not accepted.

Table Massage Hours (both facilities)

Monday to Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Friday 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reserve Your Massage

You can now register for table massage at MyRecSports. Available at both Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Recreation Center. New to MyRecSports? Check our registration instructions below

Rescheduling Your Massage

Please fill out the form below if you need to reschedule your appointment. We will do our best to assist you. All rescheduling requests need to be made at least 24 hours in advance of your currently scheduled appointment. Appointments will not be rescheduled if requested after 24 hours in advance.

Reschedule Request Form

Our Refund Policy. Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis for medical reasons and need to requested in writing to the Wellness Coordinator at least 72 hours in advance of the appointment.

Please review our Massage Services Policies 

Questions? Please contact massage@vcu.edu.


Non-Member VCU Faculty/Staff Massage Membership Form

Are you an employee of VCU or VCU Health System but not a Rec Sports member? You can still make a table massage appointment without a Rec Sports membership*. Follow these steps:

1) Fill out this form to request a non-member faculty/staff massage membership.

2) VCU Recreational Sports will provide you with a massage membership within 48 hours. 

3) Once you have a massage membership, you can reserve an appointment at any time. 

*Rec Sports members get a discount on massage services, plus a wide range of other benefits. Check out our affordable memberships and make massage part of your overall wellness plan! 


Mobile Chair Massage

Chair Massage is a convenient, quick and inexpensive way to enjoy the benefits of massage. All you have to do is relax in a specially designed chair. By using a combination of acupressure points, sports, and other massage techniques, this massage treats the most common areas of tension and stress.

Why Mobile Chair Massage?

A Chair Massage session will help your muscles relax and have a renewed sense of energy. This is the ideal massage for events, conferences, and gatherings. 

Chair massages are a very beneficial massage for quick stress relief. Typically chair massages are shorter in duration (5 - 10 minutes per person) and done over clothes. No lotions or oils are used. The participant will sit in a massage chair with a forward-facing headrest. The method of massage will be customized for the individual. The movements mainly associated with a chair massage will be kneading and compression.

In the workplace, mobile chair massage helps reduce issues such as neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and stress or migraine headaches. These are all examples of chronic pain patterns associated with sitting for long periods of time at a desk, repetitive muscular actions and poor posture. Not only will the mobile chair massage help with these common issues but the massage therapist will also provide advice on correct posture and stretches.

Benefits of mobile chair massage for organizations:

  • Improves productivity
  • Increases morale and creates a better work environment
  • Increases employee retention
  • Decreases absenteeism
  • Improves job satisfaction
  • Helps recruit prospective employees

Fees for 1-hour session booked for after January 1, 2018

  • VCU Student Organization      $40/hr
  • VCU Department      $50/hr
  • Members $65/hr

Fees are based on a one-hour reservation with one therapist visiting your organization. You can schedule extra time in 30-minute increments. Additional fees may be charged for extra massage therapists, off-campus locations or longer sessions. Please note, tips are not accepted.

Requests for Mobile Chair Massage will be able to be scheduled at least two weeks prior to requested date. To request a Mobile Chair Massage, please fill out our Request form. 


Meet Our Massage Therapists

Samantha Young, LMT

Samantha Young has been a licensed massage therapist since 2008.  She is licensed to practice massage by the Virginia board of nursing.  She completed a 600-hour massage program at The American Institute of Massage (now The Lotus School of Integrated Therapies) located in Richmond, Virginia in 2007.   After completing her massage program Samantha went to Houston, TX to complete a three-month internship at Houston Pregnancy Massage and Doula Care.  During the course of her internship Samantha earned over 500 continuing education hours as a Doula (labor assistant) at various hospitals in the Houston medical center under the guidance of her mentor Patti Heimlich. Additionally, during the internship, Samantha also earned continuing education hours for labor massage, infant massage and instruction, post-partum massage, and childbirth education instruction.

Since returning to Virginia Samantha has worked in various settings doing massage therapy and has come to perfect her therapeutic deep tissue massage skills. She is also skilled in Swedish, sports massage, hot stone therapies, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, body treatments, and various other massage modalities.  Samantha has a passion for health and wellness and believes in utilizing alternative therapies to achieve optimal health.

Shakia Batten, LMT

Shakia 'Kia' Batten is a Certified Massage Therapist in the state of Virginia. She graduated from Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in March of 2008. Throughout the duration of her career, she has been actively practicing under a chiropractor. She has experience in Swedish, Sports and Prenatal massage.  She incorporates Western Massage techniques with a focus on sports massage. She is dedicated to the wellness of each client.

Nicole LaCour, LMT

Nicole is a native of Ponce Inlet, FL where she grew up boating and enjoying the beaches of beautiful Florida. When Nicole was not on the water, she spent her time riding horses and competing at the highest levels of equestrian competition. Ultimately, Nicole earned multiple World Championship titles. The equestrian world was the catalyst for her love of sports medicine and massage therapy. Observing the massage therapists work on her competition horses and how much it benefited their performance prompted her to try massage therapy for herself. The outcome amazed her and inspired her to become a massage therapist.

Upon graduation from the College of Central Florida, Nicole enrolled in the massage therapy program at Everest University and graduated at the top of her class as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Now that she resides in Virginia, she has obtained her certificate through Virginia as well. She continues to learn as much as she can to hone her craft. From aromatherapy to deep tissue, Nicole tailors each massage to her clients’ specific needs. She is a firm believer in the connection between body and mind and is a proponent of massage for relieving not just physical stress but also emotional stress. Her serene approach will offer harmony, balance and easef or your busy life.