Relax and unwind with a massage

During this time of year, it's easy to let too much food, too little sleep and too many trips to the mall push good self-care habits out the window. Take some time to slow down, breathe deeply and be good to yourself by scheduling a relaxing massage at UNI's Wellness Recreation Center (WRC).

UNI students, faculty, staff and community members can all take advantage of massage therapy services offered at the Wellness Recreation Center.

Students, faculty and staff, and community members can all take advantage of massage therapy services, conveniently offered in the Wellness Resource Lab, WRC Room 104. Payment can be made by cash, check, student ubill or faculty/staff payroll deduction. Cost varies based on the length of the massage, which can last anywhere from 15 to 90 blissful minutes.

Mark Rowe-Barth, associate director for student wellness, recommends that those who haven't had a massage or who aren't familiar with massage may want to start with a 15- or 30-minute session to get a feel for what massage is all about.

"Our massage therapist, Ann Pixler, is a seasoned therapist who our clients are very happy with," said Rowe-Barth. "In addition to the massage itself, she provides information and tips so clients can get the most out of their session."

Clients meet with Pixler privately before their session to discuss the massage process and whether they have specific areas that need special attention, such as a stiff neck or tight shoulders. She'll also find out whether the massage is for stress relief, for relaxation, to ease aching muscles or to address a combination of these issues.

"The conversation is confidential, just like any health care situation," said Rowe-Barth. "Clients are in the driver's seat. Everything is done at the comfort level of the client, whose choices are respected and honored."

Massage appointments are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday. Availability may change during spring and summer.

"We try hard to get someone in quickly if they are in discomfort," said Rowe-Barth. "Otherwise, calling a week in advance is recommended. We may even have appointments available the same day people call."

A massage gift certificate is an especially welcome gift for family and friends this time of year. Certificates can also be purchased throughout the year for any occasion or holiday. They're also much-appreciated additions to gift baskets and for use as raffle or door prizes.

To learn more about UNI's massage therapy services and to schedule an appointment, visit