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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.

Prices, Payments, and Cancellations

  • Payment is made directly to the therapists with cash, check, or credit card.
    • If paying with credit card a service fee of 3% will be added to the transaction.
    • You may purchase a gift certificate as well.
  • 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.
Table Massage

60-Minute Session

Student Cost: $45
HRC Member Cost: $55
Non-Member Cost: $65

90-Minute Session

Student Cost: $65
HRC Member Cost: $75
Non-Member Cost: $85

Chair Massage

Session: Varies by desired length of individual massage
Cost: $65/hour for one hour

How to Schedule an Appointment

Contact the therapist directly to schedule your appointment
Appointment Times
  • Appointments must be made during HRC operating hours; note the HRC hours differ during University breaks.
  • Same-day appointments sometimes can be accommodated, but include a $10 additional charge.

Meet Our Massage Therapists

James Jafari

Call 317-590-4048 

James Jafari has been serving the Butler University campus since the HRC opened its doors in August 2006. James is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, professionally trained and engaged in full-time private massage practice since 1999. He specializes in Advanced Kinetic Sports Therapy (A.K.S.T.), Deep Tissue Therapeutic massage and Myofascial Release. James utilizes the best of these and other modalities as well such as Swedish, Thai, and Hot Stone techniques for his clients, tracks their progress and makes adjustments based on their feedback. Whether his clients are athletes intent upon improved performance or recovering from an injury or individuals who simply realize that the benefits of massage include stress-relief, pain reduction and increased health and well-being, James always devotes his utmost toward the goal of each client's wellness. He is also a dedicated father, outdoorsman and martial artist and has never met a stranger!

Lara Pearson 

Call/text 317-441-3824 or email

Lara finds giving a massage almost as relaxing as receiving it. She has a deep respect for the need to balance activity with rest to allow the body time to heal and return to wellness.  Lara is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Lara spent 12 years working in the corporate insurance industry. She genuinely understands the impact life can have on a person both physically and emotionally. Lara believes that all of us are in need of more positive touch in our lives so she designs her massages to promote healing and relaxation for the body, mind and spirit. Lara also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and creating her own natural skin care products, herbal remedies and tea blends. 

Massage Therapist - Ellie Varnau
Ellie Garvey

Call/text 248-672-1532 or email 

Ellie is a Licensed Massage Therapist who studied massage at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. She is committed to the notion that therapeutic touch is the missing link in modern, mainstream healthcare. Ellie's bodywork tends toward deep tissue, with a Trigger Point Therapy-based approach to identifying and treating the problem areas that keep you in pain. A session with Ellie promises to address your structural issues and offer a proposed treatment plan to master your chronic pain, all while incorporating the deeply relaxing modalities of Swedish Massage and Craniosacral Therapy. Clients can also expect to gain flexibility and increase joint mobility through active and passive stretching, range-of-motion techniques, and suggested homework. For a performance-enhancing, deeply restorative, "show those knots who's boss" massage, look no further! If you just need to unwind, try her Tropical Swedish and see how Costa Rica influenced Ellie's idea of deep relaxation. 

Massage Therapist - Will Hodges
Will Hodges

Call/text 317-554-9778 or email

Will graduated in 2003 from the Emerald Coast Massage School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and has been doing what he can to help people feel better ever since. From day one, his focus has been on helping people get to where they want to be in their physical well-being. He has worked with the Purdue University Swim and Dive team, the Indiana Fever WNBA team (including the 2012 championship team), 10 years with the Naptown Rollergirls, several Olympic medalists, and a former world-record holder. When not working as a massage therapist, he is a standup comic, Chaplains Assistant for the Indiana Air National Guard, and stay-at-home dad to a lovely baby girl.





Tracy Stoner

Call/text 317--694-2745 or email

Tracy has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2004.  She has been a certified yoga teacher since 2009.  She was introduced to Thai Yoga Massage by one of her teachers in 2013.  The practice was a natural extension of her passion for yoga and Metta (spirit of loving kindness and meditation).  She began studies with several teachers in Indianapolis and continues with Still Light Center in Toronto.  She greatly appreciates this ancient healing art form and is eager to share this to her clients.

Purchase a Massage Gift Certificate

Purchase a massage gift certificate for someone that you care about - massage is self-care and reduces stress and anxiety as well as releases physical muscle tension.

Massage Gift Certificate Order Form

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. 


Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Yoga Massage came from the temples of Thailand many centuries ago. It is a dynamic bodywork based on yoga principals, ayurveda, and the martial arts. In this unique healing system, the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of hatha yoga postures combined with rhythmic palming and thumbing along energy lines and pressure points to gently stretch and open the body. These actions result in a treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.   Thai Yoga Massage is done on the floor on a thick mat.  The recipient wears loose fitting clothes to allow for ease of movement.  Check out YouTube for visuals of Thai Yoga Massage.


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.