Massage & Wellness

Massage & Wellness

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Get in touch with your body

A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that’s not all. Massage can be used as a therapy for an injury or chronic pain as well as for relaxation, stress management and improving energy and alertness. At St. Ann Center we offer massage for all ages, pets and trainings in techniques, like Benevolent Touch.

Massage Therapy Hours

Stein Campus, 2801 E. Morgan Ave.

Appointment times vary: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30-noon (depending on the therapist’s schedule)

Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave.

By appointment only: Tuesdays & Fridays

Our Pricing


At St. Ann Center, our certified massage therapists assess your needs and design each massage to accommodate your age and ability.

To make an appointment at the Stein Campus, contact:

Joe Ralston at (414) 977-5091

Mary McCanna at (414) 977-5051

Sandy Anderson at (414) 977-5056

To make an appointment at the Bucyrus Campus, contact:

Mary McCanna at (414) 977-5051

NOTE: Everyone will be asked to complete an intake form prior to the massage.

Massage methods offered:

  • Swedish Massage. A good overall massage for all ages and abilities. Table and chair massages offered
  • Lymphatic Massage. A technique to help release toxins from the body, enhancing the immune system and reducing tissue swelling
  • Pregnancy Massage. A method designed to relieve the discomforts of pregnancy
  • Hot Stone Massage. The heat from the stones helps melt away stress and relaxes the muscles deeply, leaving you with a feeling of relief
  • Infant Massage Education. A course where you will learn the natural way to promote infant health and strengthen family bonds through nurturing touch. Session fee includes a manual
  • Reiki. A gentle, hands-on healing art, reconnecting you with your power to heal yourself
  • Foot Soak, Scrub and Sooth. A perfect way to rejuvenate your weary feet with aromatherapy salts and scrubs, along with foot and lower leg massage

Support from generous people, like you, creates this joyful intergenerational community.

Callie, getting a pet massage

Pet Massage

We rub your pets the right way

This pet-friendly branch of massage therapy promotes health in animals by using touch to improve physical and emotional well-being. The benefits of massage to humans and animals are very similar. Your dog, cat or rabbit will experience:

  • Relaxation
  • Increased circulation/oxygenation
  • Relief from pain
  • Improved joint flexibility
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Easing of nervousness and hyperactivity, including anxiety due to storm phobia, anxiety or trauma

Pet massage can often be used in combination with medical care to speed recovery.

When used for rehabilitation, pet massage can:

  • Help relieve age-related problems
  • Reverse muscle degeneration from inactivity or misuse
  • Give relief from muscle tension, soreness, spasms and weaknesses
  • Provide relief from chronic pain and discomfort from arthritis, hip dysplasia and more

Joe giving Nemo a massage

Active animals are great candidates for a massage, too.

Dogs that compete, run with their owners, or just play hard can use a good massage. It may even prevent injuries. Rescue animals with a history of mistreatment can be helped by massage, as well.

Pet massages are provided by Joe Ralston, a Certified Massage Therapist who is also trained in advanced pet massage and energy work. Joe, the owner of two adopted greyhounds, has seen the positive effects of therapeutic touch on his own pets. Owners will be in the massage room with Joe and their animals to observe and continue the therapy at home when their pets need it.

Pet Massage Pricing


To make an appointment, contact Joe at (414) 977-5091. Pet massages are available at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

NOTE: Owners will be asked to complete an intake form with medical information on their pets (records of shots, vaccines, injuries, recent surgeries,etc.) prior to the massage.

Benevolent Touch

Learn the skill of healing touch.

Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, developed this technique using positive, gentle, nurturing touch to ensure the recipient that they are in a safe and caring environment. It’s an invaluable skill for those working with older adults and people with special needs.

Intergenerational Benevolent Touch

Learning Benevolent Touch is recommended for nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, recreation directors, activity aides, COTAs, therapists, social workers, chaplains and others who work with individuals with dementia or other disabilities. At St. Ann Center, that means we’ve even taught techniques to some of the young children at our center.

Below are two course options for learning Benevolent Touch.

1) Benevolent Touch Workshop

Learn how to enhance the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, special needs or sensory loss due to aging. This workshop provides you the skills to give positive tactile contact to these people, enhancing their feelings of security and belonging, and reducing agitation and anxiety.

Price: $60 (includes instruction manual-a $20 value)
Location: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, 2801 E. Morgan Ave.

2020 Workshop Dates
Thursday, October 19 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2) Benevolent Touch National Instructor Certification Program

The National Instructor Certification Program is for individuals who have completed the Benevolent Touch workshop, and now wish to teach others about Benevolent Touch. At the end of this course, participants will be given at least 90 days for practice. Then, they need to teach (and video) a 4-hour Benevolent Touch workshop to an audience of co-workers, volunteers and/or students. Final certification will be issued upon review of the video.

PRICE: $350 (including training, training materials and meals)
LOCATION: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, 2801 E. Morgan Ave.

2020 Program Dates
Friday, October 28:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

I can get through another day now that I’ve had my massage. It makes my worries and toxins go away—I feel great!”

~ Barb, St. Ann Center Wellness client since 1999