Phone: (319) 936-0494  |  Daily Specials

Massage Modalities I Use

Acupressure, Swedish Massage, Chair Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy

Simple But Profound Services

I use no gimmicks or trendy techniques, just exceptional therapeutic massage based on solid research and theory and a deep knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy. When you schedule with me, you schedule a specific amount of time. Within that time frame, we will customize a session specific to your needs.

I have been practicing massage therapy in Iowa City since 1997. I provide integrative massage, drawing on a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, but most are built around Shiatsu and Swedish Massage. No two massages are the same; each is tailored to the client’s individual needs. In other words, a 60-minute massage may be a “full-body” massage, or it may be quite focused on specific areas of the body which are in need.


Shiatsu is commonly referred to as acupressure. I use direct, focused thumb, finger and elbow pressure on the acupressure points of the body. Tight, cramped, knotted muscles are relaxed, as is pressure on joints, nerve pathways, and energetic channels. Shiatsu therapy is specific to your body as it allows me to read the areas of need unique to you.

Acupressure feels like a dull ache that relaxes as muscle tightness is reduced.

You may control the intensity of pressure by providing me guidance and feedback; the better our level of communication, the higher the quality of your treatment.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage improves circulatory, muscular, and nervous system functioning, and induces and deep feeling of relaxation. It is received unclothed, and is typically given using lotion or oil. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques: stretching, gliding strokes, friction, and kneading, among others.

Shiatsu Massage - Martin Gibbens LMT