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Physical therapy

We provide physical therapy to treat a variety of women's health issues including:
  • Bladder health
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and postpartum conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tailbone pain
  • Orthopedic conditions

Free injury screenings conducted by a physical therapist are available to members and can address past or present problems that may interfere with your exercise program. Our physical therapists also make recommendations to trainers and instructors to determine activities appropriate for you.

For more information about our physical therapy service, call the Women's Health Center at
(701) 323-6376 or (800) 628-7056.

Massage therapy

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Benefits of massage

Stress relief
Stress is a physiological reaction to the world around us; unfortunately, chronic stress can be harmful to the body’s digestive, circulatory, musculoskeletal, endocrine and nervous system. Simply relaxing for an hour can have many stress-relieving benefits.

Massage therapy can also help with sciatica, headaches, back pain, repetitive stress injuries and tendonitis. Along with improving overall health, other benefits of massage include:

  • Relaxes muscles and improves joint mobility
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Breaks down waste products held in the muscle tissue
  • Helps reduce edema
  • Boosts energy by relieving stress and anxiety
  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer

Massage techniques
Massage treatments can include therapeutic massage, deep tissue techniques, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, shiatsu, hot stone and Swedish massage.

What to expect
Your massage begins with a review of your health history. Your current health, past injuries/illnesses and future goals are taken into consideration when designing treatment. Information will be provided during and after the massage on self-care as well as follow-up recommendations.

Clients usually undress to their underwear for treatment, but massage therapy can also be done fully clothed if preferred.

After massage, extra water should be consumed. Rest, ice or heat can also be helpful. Some soreness is normal after deep muscle work.

30-minutes:       $35
60-minutes:       $45
90-minutes:       $60

Massage therapists

Angela Oberg
Angela Oberg
Angela Oberg is a licensed massage therapist. She is also a Yoga instructor at the Women's Health Center. Oberg is very skilled in trigger point and neuromuscular techniques along with integrating shiatsu therapy (utilizing acupuncture points) into classical Swedish massage. Because of her alternative medicine background Angie can also help clients with assessing their lifestyle including stress, dietary and functional factors which can contribute to pain.

Education and certification: Angela Oberg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Alternative Medicine.
Bernie Schmidt
Bernie Schmidt
Bernie Schmidt has been a licensed massage therapist for the past 19 years. Schmidt is trained in Swedish, neuromuscular, deep tissue, stone, myofascial, and therapeutic massage techniques. She enjoys using massage to help clients of all ages.

Education and certification:
Bernie Schmidt attended the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, Wash.
Emily Vasey
Emily Vasey
Emily Vasey, a North Dakota Licensed massage therapist, has been with Sanford Health Women's Health Center since April 2002. Vasey specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic and sports massage. She enjoys helping people with running injuries, upper back pain and migraines. She has 12 years of massage experience. Vasey is also the Program Development Coordinator at the WHC.

Education and certification: Emily Vasey is a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She graduated from University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a Minor in Nutrition. She graduated from Myotherapeutic School of Massage in 1999. She completed her Personal Trainer certification and Lifestyle and Weight Management certification through American Council on Exercise.

Contact us

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Sanford Women’s Health Center
1100 College Drive, Bismarck
(701) 323-6376


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