Both branches offer therapeutic, medical, and relaxation massage services. Contact Member Services at the branch of your choice to schedule an appointment! Gift certificates are also available.
Click below to view the massage sessions offered at each branch.
Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA
Hours Of Operation
By appiontment only.
Meet the Massage Therapist
Bethany Hunt, Massage Therapist at Benton Harbor-St. Joseph branch
Bethany is a 2002 graduate of Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics. She went on to become certified in Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy the same year and has been performing massage therapy services ever since. She has also worked in the YMCA School Age Child Care program and has been a member of the Y for over 8 years.
Types of Massages Offered
A light massage that consists of long, smooth strokes. The benefits include increased blood circulation, decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion.
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy®
Designed to aid in the restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissue. With its natural healing properties, it helps restore circulation on the cellular level.
Hot Stone Massage
Uses smooth, heated basalt stones in combination with Swedish massage strokes. The heat helps tight muscles release and makes it a deeply relaxing form of massage.
Swedish Massage & Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy®: 30 minutes/ $40 • 60 minutes /$65 • 90 minutes /$100
Hot Stone Massage: 60 minutes /$90
Payment is due upon arrival. Services can be paid for at the YMCA Welcome Center in the front lobby.
When canceling an appointment, 24-hour advance notice is required. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give your therapist advanced notice, you may be charged 50% due. Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to completely forgo their appointment with no contact will be charged the full amount due and future service will be denied until payment is made.
If you arrive late, your session may be shortened or cancelled in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for payment of the full amount due. We will do our best to satisfy the scheduled time.
Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan your visit accordingly. Please arrive 10 minutes early on your first visit to fill out an intake.
Hours of Operation
Monday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday: By Appointment Only
Monday & Thursday: Walk Ins Welcome with Kirsten Bugy
To schedule an appointment
Meet the Massage Therapists
Angie Yates, CMT, Massage Therapist at Niles-Buchanan branch
Certificated in 2005 as a licensed Certified Massage Therapist.
A member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and shared the experience and knowledge as a massage Instructor & Clinical Supervisor at a local college.
Employed for 5 years at Memorial Hospital of South Bend and other experiences include Hospice, Chiropractic, Spa and working with physicians in pain management, Sports and rehabilitation massage.
Kirsten Bugy, LMT BCTMB, Massage Therapist at Niles-Buchanan branch
Kirsten graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and joined the American Massage Therapy Association in 2003. She was Nationally/Board certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2004. Past experiences include a wide range of clients, such as Chicago Marathon participants, cancer and chiropractic patients. She has also worked in spas and with a variety of wellness programs.
Types of Massages Offered
Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of lotion or oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
LYMPH DRAINAGE THERAPY
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is unique in that healthcare professionals learn how to palpate the lymphatic flow. The strokes applied in manual lymph drainage are intended to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing. This is a gentle, rhythmical technique that cleanses the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhances the activity of the immune system, reduces pain, and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Known as seated massage, chair massage, or on-site massage, this technique involves the use of a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits comfortably. $15.00
DEEP TISSUE – TRIGGER POINT – MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE
Deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage is administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature. Working to relieve chronic muscular pain, TMJ issues and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function.
SPORTS MASSAGE - STRETCHING
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
MATERNITY MASSAGE (Pre/Post)
Massage therapies are safe prenatally and during labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions, and contraindications is highly recommended, and practitioners require referrals from physicians prior to therapy.
Therapeutic Massage provides many benefits and can be tailored to the goal of each individual session.
For the person with some “problem areas” to be worked out, but who does not necessarily need a medical massage.
Service available upon request.
30 minutes/ $40
60 minutes /$65
90 minutes /$100