Massage Therapy

The Western Michigan University Unified Clinics offers massage therapy to all faculty, staff, eligible dependents and students as well as the general public. Massage appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in 30, 60 and 90 minute increments.

To schedule a massage appointment with a licensed massage therapist, call (269) 387-7000. Appointments can be scheduled during the following days/times:

Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other appointment times may be available upon request.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for many conditions. Receiving massage therapy can help reduce:

  • stress and anxiety
  • low-back, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia pain
  • headache frequency
  • sleepless nights
  • muscle tension
  • blood pressure
  • chronic neck pain and much more

Meet Our licensed Massage therapist, MArcia Atchison


Massage therapy is one of several highly effective natural and non-pharmaceutical approaches to the reduction of immobility and pain. As a certified and licensed therapist for 20 years, I have focused on a client-centered approach to ensure that the applications I incorporate are designed specifically for the challenges each individual describes. There is no greater satisfaction to me than the connection to each client and the consistent positive feedback I receive from the effectiveness of the immediate therapeutic benefits that they experience from their individualized sessions. As I get to know my clients, I continue to listen carefully to their feedback and respond with necessary adjustments in my approach in each session. I continue to seek ways to maximize the benefits that therapeutic massage can contribute to optimize a healthy lifestyle.

WMU BCBS PPO Plan Employees and Dependents

For WMU BCBS PPO Plan employees and dependents, massage therapy is 90% reimbursable with a prescription (after you've met your deductible) from an M.D., D.O., chiropractor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner prior to receipt of services, and performed by a licensed massage therapist.

Note: Limited to 12 visits per covered individual, per calendar year. This is separate from physical, occupational and speech therapy visit maximums.

Employees are responsible for understanding their insurance benefits (deductibles, prescriptions and number of visits).