Massage Therapy


Stress affects the body in many different ways It can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, gastric problems, and much more.

Too much stress can also cause psychological symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, irritability, feeling anxious, etc. 

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Memory problems 
  • Inability to concentrate 
  • Poor judgment 
  • Seeing only the negative 
  • Anxious or racing thoughts 
  • Constant worrying 

Emotional Symptoms

  • Moodiness 
  • Irritability or short temper 
  • Agitation, inability to relax 
  • Feeling overwhelmed 
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation 
  • Depression or general unhappiness 

Physical Symptoms

  • Aches and pains 
  • Diarrhea or constipation 
  • Nausea, dizziness 
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat 
  • Loss of sex drive 
  • Frequent colds 

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Eating more or less 
  • Sleeping too much or too little 
  • Isolating yourself from others 
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities 
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax 
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing) 

Benefits of Massage

  • Loosens, relaxes, tones, and stimulates weak, tight and atrophied muscles 
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body by providing enhanced oxygenation to organs and tissues 
  • Improves nerve function 
  • Opens and balances energy flow 
  • Promotes overall healing and improves immune function 
  • Alleviates low-back pain and improves overall range of motion 
  • May lessen anxiety and depression 
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping

Types of Massage Offered

  • Swedish Combination (relaxation massage)
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage 

Base Prices

  • 30 minutes - $30
  • 60 minutes - $55
  • 75 minutes - $75

The Pregnancy and Deep Tissue massages carry a $10 fee beyond the base price. Patients who fail to cancel their appointment 24 hours prior to their appointment time will be charged the full amount.

Schedule an Appointment 

Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Health Center at 562.464.4548. Massages are available to students, faculty, and staff on a monthly schedule when the College is in session. Dates and times available are e-mailed to the campus community approximately one month in advance. Massages are provided by licensed massage therapists. Please download and complete the massage therapy intake form prior to your appointment.

Forms of Payment Accepted

The Health Center accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. Students may pay at the time of service or can have the service billed to their student account. Faculty and staff must pay at the time of service. Massages make a great gift certificate for a friend, colleague or student employee. Gift Certificate recipients must be employed by Whittier College or be enrolled as a student.