Acupuncture and Massage


  • Acupuncture
  • M - F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Cancel appointments 24 hours in advance.
    Missed/Late appointment fee applies.
  • Massage Therapy
  • M - F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Cancel appointments 24 hours in advance.
    Missed/Late appointment fee applies.


  • Office

    IF YOU CANNOT FIND AN OPEN APPOINTMENT through the Book An Appointment link, PLEASE CALL the Appointment Line (301) 314-8184 during business hours for assistance.

  • General Appointments

    (301) 314-8184



The mission of our Acupuncture and Massage Therapy services are to provide certified and skilled treatments that promote health and healing in mind, body and spirit for the purposes of client relaxation, stress management, and the treatment of some health conditions.

The goals of the unit are to:

  • Enhance health knowledge and academic performance as well as leadership productivity and a healthy work/life balance.

  • Facilitate the adoption and maintenance of positive health care methods, practices and behaviors.

  • Collaborate with University Health Center Clinical staff in delivering quality patient care, education and customer service, promoting a less stressed, healthier campus community.

Before You Visit

Please be advised that acupuncture is not billed to health insurance unless you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Massage Therapy is not currently billable to health insurance. Students who participate in the SHIP are eligible for one free massage therapy session per semester. 

The service fees are $65 a visit for students and $80 a visit for non-students. There is a fee for missed appointments. Please see the Billing and Cost page for more details. These visits are not complimentary for students.


During the first visit, the practitioner may ask you about your health conditions and lifestyle. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition(s) and wellness. Inform the Acupuncturist about all treatments, practices or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy services are not offered for people who have the following conditions:

  • Are in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Contagious conditions such as colds, flu, etc.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body by penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metal needles.

How do people react to acupuncture?

People experience acupuncture differently. Most feel no or minimal pain when the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.

How long does an Acupuncture treatment last?

Treatments are one hour in length and a course of treatment may take place over a period of several weeks or more.

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet. A variety of massage techniques may be used during your massage. (Source:

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage involves the use of long, smooth strokes to increase circulation, relieve muscle tension, and promote profound relaxation. It can be focused on particular areas of tension in the body or the entire body.

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue massage may be done for part of the session. It incorporates firm, detailed strokes to relieve tension in specific muscle groups to ease pain and muscle spasms.


Stretching is a muscle and joint specific technique that can help break up scar tissue, increase flexibility, circulation and increase energy and blood flow to promote healing.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Resources


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Clearinghouse provides information on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The Clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners.


A service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed contains publication information and (in most cases) brief summaries of articles from scientific and medical journals. CAM on PubMed, developed jointly by NCCAM and NLM, is a subset of the PubMed system and focuses on the topic of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

CLINICALTRIALS.GOV is a database of information on federally and privately supported clinical trials (research studies in people) for a wide range of diseases and conditions. It is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine was founded in 1991 and has received over $37 million in government-funded grants grants . It is the first U.S. academic medical center-based program for integrative medicine in the U.S., with programs in education, research, and clinical care.