Massage Therapy

 Johns Hopkins University

Therapeutic Massage Service


Therapeutic Massage has been used to improve health and increase a feeling of well-being for centuries. It is currently a respected part of the health care system. Johns Hopkins Student Health and Wellness Center offers therapeutic massage on:


 Hours are available most days, Tuesday through Friday and occasional Saturdays.


Call the SH&WC to schedule an appointment: SH&WC @ 410-516-8270

 (see "News & Events" tab on this website  for additional hours during mid-term & final periods)


If you have a preference for a massage therapist, please specify Emily LaBathe, Jeanne Lindsay or Debora Murphy when you call to schedule your appointment.  Student rates effective 10/1/11 will be:  

$35 / 30 minutes
$60 / 60 minutes
$85 / 90 minutes
Cash or check only
Gift Certificates are available upon request.


The massage therapists are now operating out of the Student Health & Wellness Center located at 3003 N. Charles St., N200 (use the 31st St. entrance). 

The massage therapists work independently of the SH&WC staff and offer hours during and after the SH&WC closes.  If you have a scheduled appointment after our regular, seating will be available just outside the 2nd Floor entrance to the SH&WC.  Your massage therapist will come to let you in just prior to your scheduled appointment time. 


What To Expect:

Massage can be used on a regular basis to improve and maintain overall health. Massage can be beneficial for a wide variety of people of all ages, even premature infants, and has been shown in studies to be beneficial for mood, immunity, sleep, flexibility, growth, prevention and treatment of injuries, and a range of other health concerns. Massage therapy is a very general term referring to the manipulation of the skin, muscles and connective tissues to improve health and wellness.


There are around a hundred different massage modalities worldwide with new techniques being developed. A few of the common types of massage techniques include deep tissue, myofacial, craniosacral, reiki, lymphatic drainage, pregnancy massage, infant massage, shiatsu, etc. You are not expected to necessarily request a specific type of work. Your massage therapist will spend time evaluating your health concerns and discussing with you a plan for any specific concerns. 
A massage session will often include several different techniques. On campus, the fees are charged by the duration of the session only, not the types of massage. Referrals among the therapist are frequently made because each therapist has a different background of initial and continuing education. You are always encouraged to schedule with any therapist you wish, with or without any referrals. Confidential medical intake forms are made in your first session and updated by the therapist after each visit. These forms are shared among the therapists only unless you request a copy or ask us to confer with another of your health professionals. Your therapist will make recommendations if she feels you might also benefit from another type of care such as yoga, physical therapy, chiropractic, herbal, psychological or nutritional counseling. It is within our scope of practice to provide massage therapy and basic self-care advice for muscles. Without additional licenses, it would not be within our scope of practice to perform any chiropractic manipulations, prescribe herbs or medicines, or use any modality outside our training. 
Most states regulate the practice of massage therapy through licensing that requires professional training, practical experience, continuing education coursework, and liability insurance. There is also a national certification process available which requires a written exam after the completion of 500 hours of training from an accredited massage school. Massage schools typically teach basic anatomy and physiology classes, Swedish massage, and general business practices. Some schools also specialize in other modalities of massage in addition to the Swedish training such as spa treatments, neuromuscular massage, Eastern massage techniques, sports massage, etc. 
Plenty of time is scheduled for each of your therapy sessions to allow you time to ask questions or discuss any new health concerns. When you schedule a session, allow yourself enough time to relax a bit after the session before rushing back to a hectic schedule. Always feel free to speak up during a session to let the therapist know what is most comfortable for you. Remember to drink plenty of water following your treatment and to give feedback to your therapist if any muscles become sore after a massage. The therapists are happy to adjust their techniques and amount of pressure to suit you.   

Emily LaBathe, Licensed Massage Therapist - Emily has been with the Hopkins Massage therapy program since 2004. She previously worked with University of Maryland, College Park, MD for twelve years where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  Emily is Nationally Certified and a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) and USABP (United States of America Body Psychotherapy).  Her focus is corrective massage.  Her holistic massage pulls from many disciplines including craniosacral therapy, lymph drainage therapy, visceral manipulation and energetic healing. She offers Body Psychotherapy and Craniosacral in her home office in Towson.


Debora Murphy, Licensed Massage Therapist 

Debora has been in private practice in Hunt Valley since graduating in 2001 from Baltimore School of Massage with a  Professional  Certification in Comprehensive Massage Therapy for a Clinical or Medical Setting . Debora treats chronic & acute pain, injuries, stress, & postural & energetic imbalances with a combination of modalities  including acupressure, deep tissue, myofascial release, medical qi gong, reflexology, Therapeutic Touch & Thai massage. Debora also has training as a restorative exercise trainer & yoga techniques & has over 20 years experience in food & nutrition services.
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