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About the Health and Recreation Complex

Massage Therapy

Treat yourself to a relaxing and therapeutic massage at the Health and Recreation Complex! Our experienced massage therapists specialize in therapeutic, sports, stress-relief, and Thai yoga massage therapy. The massage room is located on the lower level of the HRC next to the elevator.

COVID-19 Safety Policies for Massage Therapy

  • Entry into the HRC
    • Before entering the facility, each user must be cleared for entrance following one of the three methods listed below and based on their member type (student, faculty/staff, or community member).
      • Students must present check-in staff with QR code that shows they were cleared through Butler’s daily self-assessment for the current day.
      • Faculty/Staff must present check-in staff with the email that shows they were cleared through Butler’s daily self-assessment for the current day.
      • Community members must answer clearance questions prompted by check-in staff and will have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer.
      • If any user is unable to show proof of clearance or does not pass the clearance test, they will not be permitted to enter the facility. In addition to being denied access to the facility, students and faculty/staff will need to follow University protocols.
  • Massage therapy client and therapist must wear a mask at all times
  • Massage therapist will disinfect massage table and high touch areas between each client

Prices, Payments, and Cancellations

  • Payment is made directly to the therapists with cash, check, or credit card or Venmo.
    • If paying with credit card a service fee of 3% will be added to the transaction.
  • Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to appointment or the full price of service will be charged.
  • Gratuity is not included in the prices listed below.
  • If you are using a gift or discount card, please give notice to the therapist at the time of scheduling. The gift card must also be presented at the time of the appointment or full payment will be expected. No exceptions.

Table Massage

60-Minute Session

  • Student Cost: $50
  • HRC Member Cost: $60
  • Butler Employee Cost: $60
  • Non-Member Cost: $70

*$5-10 extra for Cupping therapy

Chair Massage

There are many options for incorporating on-site chair massage into your workplace, but the most common are:  as a break during long training sessions or meetings; as a reward for good work, reaching goals or completing projects; in times of special stress such as near deadlines or peak work periods; and for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays.

If your department or orgnaizaion is interested in scheduling a chair massage event, please email or call 317-441-3824.

Cost: $65/hour with 2-hour minimum

Educational Presentation

If your organization or department is interested in coordinating a brief education presentation along with massage and cupping therapy demonstration, please email or call 317-441-3824.

Cost: $65

How to Schedule an Appointment

Contact the therapist directly to schedule your appointment

  • Lara Pearson: Text/call 317-441-3824 or email 
  • Registration form - please print and complete prior to your appointment

Appointment Times

  • Appointments must be made during HRC operating hours; note the HRC hours differ during University breaks.
  • If you are using a gift or discount card, please give notice to the therapist at the time of scheduling. The gift card must also be presented at the time of the appointment or full payment will be expected. No exceptions.

Meet Our Massage Therapists

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Lara Pearson 

Call/text 317-441-3824 or email

Lara studied massage and bodywork therapy at the Midwest Academy of Healing Arts, establishing her own practice in 2010 and contracting her services to Butler University since 2011.

Lara is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Therapy (BCTMB #600939-11) and is locally licensed as a Massage & Bodywork Therapist (IN#/MT21104206), as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (#1252118).

Lara is trained in therapeutic massage using a trigger-point based approach, specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Cupping Therapy.  She customizes each massage based off the individual needs and activities of each client. 

Lara has a holistic philosophy, so she tries to help her clients make connections between what they are experiencing physically and mentally with their daily activities and habits, to help them problem solve, and to make improvements in their overall health. 

Lara also coordinates and markets the BUBeWell Massage Therapy Program and works to build relationships with other departments in the university to educate on the benefits of massage and bodywork therapy.  If your organization or department is interested in coordinating a brief educational presentation for your staff or athletes along with massage and cupping therapy demonstrations, please email an enquiry to or call 317-441-3824.  

For massage and wellness information follow Lara on Instagram @massageandhealthmatters.


Massage Technique Descriptions

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles). This technique uses slow, deep guided strokes and firm pressure, and usually focuses on a specific problem. Over time, Deep Tissue Massage helps to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation. The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage include release of muscle tension and stiffness, pain relief, pain management, increased flexibility, improved mobility, and faster and more efficient recovery from injury and surgery. 



Cupping is based on traditional, century-old, Asian medicine that allows one to grip and elevate skin and fascia with use of suction cups, a type of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. This allows for the release of scar tissue/fascial adhesions (connective tissue overlying muscle), managing trigger points, boost circulation, alleviate pain, and improve muscle and joint mobility.

Cupping begins with the fascia. Fascia is connective tissue, under the skin, that surrounds, connects, and gives strength to all structures of the human body. There are many different reasons to causing fascial adhesions, including: muscle strains, ligament sprains, repetitive motions creating muscle trigger points or increased muscle tightness, poor posturing, improper workstation setup/ergonomics, nerve compression, and a sedentary lifestyle, to name a few.


Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a combination of massage techniques used to treat the muscles and muscle-tendon junctures for an athlete pre-event, post-event, during injury recover, or during a maintenance phase. It often targets an area of the body used in a specific sport, prone to overuse, or an injured area.


Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is known for its ability to create a general sense of relaxation through better blood and oxygen circulation, easing of muscular aches and tension, and improving mind alertness and body flexibility. This technique uses five basic strokes and steady manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues. It is designed to interrupt the cycle of stress and internalized muscle tension by stimulating the nervous system and increasing circulation. The goal of Swedish Massage is relaxation, rehabilitation, and a sense of well-being and inner peace.  


Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Massage focuses on releasing trigger points, which are small, tight knots that develop in muscles that may even cause pain in other areas of the body (an effect known as “referral pain”). Trigger point massage involves a more targeted approach with direct pressure being applied to the trigger point(s). Each point may be pressed, massaged, and stretched, sometimes requiring the client to actively participate in stretching or other movements. Trigger point massages release the tightest areas of your body, helping to improve range of motion, posture, and alignment.