OPINION: WKU’s best-kept secret is its massages – College Heights Herald
As a member of the S-shaped spine club, I am always looking for ways to reduce tension in my back and shoulders. I went to get a massage over the summer, tentatively so, as I had never gotten a massage before other than those questionable chairs in the mall. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.
The Health and Fitness lab claims to have the most competitive rates in town, which seems to be true based on the rates listed online for other services in Bowling Green.
There are several massage options, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and prenatal. Of course, Covid-19 precautions have been implemented for the safety of all parties involved.
I got the Swedish massage, which has a student rate of $25 for 30 minutes. The massage was extremely relaxing, but I wish I had paid $10 more for 60 minutes; it went by much faster than I anticipated.
The room has a soothing atmosphere with some white noise and a comfy place to lie down. Whether you want to relax quietly throughout or engage in casual conversation with the massage therapist is entirely up to you. I ended up chatting with my massage therapist about our majors and all kinds of random things, much like getting a haircut and conversing with the stylist.
As I was getting the massage, I could feel the soreness dissolving out of my back, neck and shoulders. I was able to tell the massage therapist spots that were particularly sore on my upper back so that she could focus on them. This made the experience feel very personalized to my needs. I wanted to go straight to sleep afterward, but instead, I went about my day feeling lighter and more at peace with the universe.
According to the WKU website, Swedish Massage involves a “collection of techniques designed primarily to relax muscles, by applying pressure to them against deeper muscle and bones, and rubbing the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.”
Another great option is a deep tissue massage that provides direct pressure to relax muscles and help relieve …….