Massage and Acupuncture Clinic

Massage Pricing

Single session: $30


Single session: $40

Acupuncture Pricing

50-minute Acupuncture + Massage Combo

Student– $70


30-minute Acupuncture session


Non-Student– $45


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Massage and Acupuncture Clinic

*Massage is fully booked for the quarter. Acupuncture is still available! *

We know that stress can take its toll on the body, and we want to provide you with a healthy way to relax and unwind! Our resident-licensed Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists are here to assist!

These offerings are conveniently held in the Fitness and Wellness Office of the IMA. Whether you’re loosening up with a massage after a workout, getting acupuncture for headaches, or just needing to take some time for yourself, we’ve got you covered!

Benefits of working with our team:

  • Reduction of physical and mental stress
  • Improvement of immune functionality
  • Reduction of body pain and muscle inflammation

Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture hours:

Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00 pm

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic locations.

What can Acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture treatments can improve the following: anxiety, insomnia, headaches, low back pain, TMJ, digestive issues, gynecological issues, and neck and shoulder pain!

What do I get in a 30-minute Acupuncture session?

A brief evaluation of the chief complaint. For example, neck pain or poor sleep, or stress/anxiety followed by 15 to 20 minutes of Acupuncture.

What do I get in a 50-acupuncture session?

More thorough evaluation of your physical and mental/emotional well-being followed by 20 to 30 minutes of acupuncture.  For musculoskeletal issues, the session can include cupping and/or Tui Na (Chinese medical massage).

What is Tui Na?

Chinese medical massage or Tui Na; along with Acupuncture, Guasha, cupping and moxibustion all fall under the umbrella of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Tui Na combined with acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. Tui Na is focused on local soft tissue where there is pain due to overuse, sprain/strain or injury.

Massage Clinic

* Fully booked for the quarter*

Massage hours:

  • Fridays from 10:00am-4:00pm

Good to know:

  • Clients are responsible for arriving on time for their sessions. The massage therapist is only obligated to wait five minutes for you to arrive. After that, the massage therapist is not required to lead the remaining time of the session, and the session may be lost.
  • Sessions must be canceled up to 24 hours in advance. Sessions are non-refundable.
  • Massage times are reserved by using Microsoft Bookings.  Once you have completed your purchase, an email with booking instructions will be sent to you! A valid UW NetID is required.
  • Clients are welcome to book sessions back to back!
  • Massage + Acupuncture is available to all Rec members!
  • We do not accept tips.
  • Undergarments must remain on during the session.
  • Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The therapist has full authority to determine what feels inappropriate and to end the session at any time. Failure to comply with the therapist may result in the termination of your Rec membership and other appropriate actions as warranted.
  • For any additional questions, please email the Fitness and Wellness Manager, Jeff, at

Meet the Therapists

Dr. Denise G

Headshot of Dr. DeniseDr. Denise was born in Seattle but grew up in San Diego, returning to the Seattle area at the age of 17. Denise worked for Holland America Line Westours in Seattle but eventually changed directions and returned to university to follow her dream of studying health and nutrition. This led her to Bastyr University, where she acquired a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master’s of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine. Most recently, she received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego. Dr. Denise has been practicing at integrated clinics in the Seattle area for years. She has specialized in supportive cancer care, acute trauma, injuries, stress, and chronic pain for the last 23 years. She takes great pride in her pain-free needling technique! She has also volunteered with Acupuncturists Without Borders, the Free Teen Clinic, and the Wounded Warrior Project. She lives in the theater district with her dog Heffy, and together they have a goal of retiring to the Baja Peninsula, adopting five more dogs, and teaching them to swim in the Sea of Cortez!


Denise N portraitDenise “DJ” has lived in Seattle for decades and received her massage training and license here. She has been an athlete all her life and has worked through various injuries; thus, she understands dealing with the stress they can create! She enjoys helping people move towards better health, movement, and quality of life.  As a child, Denise was taught to be a no-pain-no-gain kind of athlete; but is not a no-pain-no-gain kind of massage therapist! She’ll work with you for a personalized session, using typical Swedish and other specialty techniques to help you find relaxation and relief. Fun fact: Denise speaks some Spanish and has lived in multiple Spanish-speaking countries!

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, training, and/or massage program to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you should participate in these types of activities.

UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this massage program, there is the possibility of physical injury or illness due to exposure to infectious diseases, including COVID-19. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown.

Questions About Accessibility?

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