Health Awareness Center – Massage & Bodywork


At the Health Awareness Center, we use the term massage for a session where the goal is simply relaxation. Massage should be a peaceful and comfortable experience.

What Massage Can Do For You…

Relieve Stress: The connection between disease and stress is well recognized. As the massage releases your stress, it is common to experience a profound sense of relaxation.

Decrease Pain: The increase in circulation and oxygenation of tissues associated with massage can help alleviate many types of discomfort, including joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and headaches. By creating the relaxation response, massage can help break the cycle of tension and pain. massage can also facilitate the release of beta endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

Speed Recovery: Massage can help to tone and strengthen weak muscles and soften and lengthen tight muscles and connection tissue in conditions ranging from those of the weekend warrior to surgical recovery and the management of chronic conditions.

Connect Body & Mind: One of the unique benefits of receiving massage is a heightened awareness of the body and an enhance sense of wholeness.

Massage Bodywork Petoskey Northern Michigan


At the Health Awareness Center, we use the term Bodywork for sessions where the goal is to relieve discomfort, increase range of motion or improve function.

Techniques such as trigger point release, facilitated stretching and myofascial/connective tissue work are used on areas with pain and dysfunction. These techniques may require the client’s active participation in holding or pushing against resistance.

The therapist relies on your feedback to stay within your level of tolerance.

Be sure to express your needs clearly to your therapist.

Need for Human Touch

What Can You Expect With Your Massage?

  • For your first session, it is helpful to arrive a few minutes early to go over our client information form.
  • You will be asked about your reasons for getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, stress level and areas of pain or discomfort. You will also review the informed consent procedure.
  • In the privacy of the massage room, you may remove as much or as little clothing as you are comfortable with.
  • You will then get on the table between the sheets. Your therapist will undrape only that part of your body being massaged, insuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
  • Enjoy an appointment at one of our convenient locations or have a session in the comfort of your own home.