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Massage Services at EMU

Why Massage?

Are you seeking an oasis in the midst of your hectic schedule? Try massage! There are many reasons why massage is beneficial, including stress relief, immune system support, relief of chronic pain, and the improvement of athletic performance.

Can’t find time to fit it in? Try a 10 or 15 minute chair massage to relieve neck and shoulder tension!

About the Therapist
Sarah Alison

Sarah Blake Alison has been practicing massage in Harrisonburg since 2010. She is a graduate of the Shenandoah Valley School of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and is both state and nationally board certified. She is also a 2006 graduate of EMU, with a B.A. in Environmental Science. She believes in approaching wellness holistically and is passionate about helping people understand the body and its capacity to heal.

Services Provided

Sarah currently specializes in Swedish massage, which uses fluid strokes to increase circulation and promote relaxation, Deep Tissue massage, which uses firm pressure on specific muscles to relieve chronic pain and rehabilitate injuries, and Myofascial Release, which addresses restrictions in connective tissue, restoring mobility and flexibility. She is also certified in Prenatal and Postpartum massage, which safely addresses some of the changes, aches and pains that accompany pregnancy and follow the birth process.

Sarah also provides chair massage, which is a fast and effective way to relieve tension in the neck, shoulders, head, arms and hands while the client remains fully clothed and is seated in a specially designed massage chair.


Sarah is available in the Weaver Wellness Suite on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm (summer hours may vary).

Please email or call EMU Health Services during office hours (540-432-4308 or X4308 on campus) to schedule an appointment.

During June and July please email Sarah for appointments.

Massage Rates

Table Massage


EMU faculty and staff:
30 minutes – $40
60 minutes – $60
90 minutes – $80
EMU students:
30 minutes – $35
60 minutes – $55
90 minutes – $75


General public – add $5 to faculty and staff rates.

Chair Massage

EMU students, faculty and staff and general public:
10 minutes – $10
15 minutes – $15

Payment Information

Cash, check, and credit card accepted.

Packages and gift certificates are available!


Want to learn more about massage and how it might benefit you? Feel free to stop by for a brochure, or call or email for more information: