About Us

Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College is a Center for massage therapy education and research serving Iowa City, Eastern Iowa and the world with innovative programs that are already having a positive impact on health care practices.

During your massage session:

Our Students will talk with you about what you hope to accomplish with your massage. They will suggest some ways to proceed, and together you will make a flexible plan. Your input is essential for us to construct a massage that meets your desires and needs for the session. For instance -- sometimes relaxation and stress reduction may be more important than pain relief, which often requires a little more focus or engagement on your part, and we can plan to accommodate that. We may want to change the plan once we get into the work, ...
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Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College

2441 James St

#5A

Coralville , IA 52241 map it

(319) 351-9766

Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • great experience

    I would say that you can't beat the value of getting a massage at Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College. Everything is very clean and professional and I was very comfortable and felt I was in good hands.

  • Prepare to melt into the table.

    best place with a healing atmosphere to receive massage therapy

  • Fantastic massage ! Really did a great job !

    I always get a wonderful massage every time I come here. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Highly recommend. Personable and professional.

    So happy with the services

  • Absolutely wonderful experience. Jessie had a very calm and soothing voice. Was extremely kind and very informative at the end. I had stomach work done, which I have never had done before. She asked me if I had and stomach issues, I said yes, because my IBS has flared up. She said she could feel the inflammation. I was very impressed!

    I always look forward to my visits and am very pleased to provide the feedback to the future therapists. They do such an excellent job and the entire visit is top notch. Thank you for always presenting an exceptional experience.

Average Rating:

4.83 (Based on 115 Reviews)

92 %

Ambiance
98 %

Professionalism
by Keith on Nov 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
great experience
by Craig on Oct 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
I would say that you can't beat the value of getting a massage at Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College. Everything is very clean and professional and I was very comfortable and felt I was in good hands.
by Anonymous on Oct 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Prepare to melt into the table.
by Joanna on Oct 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
best place with a healing atmosphere to receive massage therapy
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Fantastic massage ! Really did a great job !
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
I always get a wonderful massage every time I come here. Keep up the excellent work.
by Bill on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Highly recommend. Personable and professional.
by Danette on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
So happy with the services
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Absolutely wonderful experience. Jessie had a very calm and soothing voice. Was extremely kind and very informative at the end. I had stomach work done, which I have never had done before. She asked me if I had and stomach issues, I said yes, because my IBS has flared up. She said she could feel the inflammation. I was very impressed!
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
I always look forward to my visits and am very pleased to provide the feedback to the future therapists. They do such an excellent job and the entire visit is top notch. Thank you for always presenting an exceptional experience.

Business response:

Thanks so much for supporting our students with your bookings and your feedback. We are grateful and happy that your experiences have been good ones :)

by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
So calm and relaxing; peaceful environment.
by Laura on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
A wonderful massage
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
The student did a wonderful job with the massage.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Great experience! Great massage!
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Very short wait time, and super friendly staff!
by Nolan on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Atmosphere was very friendly and inviting.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
Great experience for a very reasonable price.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Really neat massage school. Such a calm energy. Really enjoyed my student massage with Jessie.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Deb was very professional. She listened to my needs and followed through with them.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
The student therapist are getting really good. We are really getting an amazing deal! I can’t wait to follow them after they start practicing☀️
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Very relaxing !
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Great massage!
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Great location
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Very friendly!
by Sarah on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
The atmosphere was calming and soothing. I felt really comfortable and private behind the drapes that partitioned off the individual rooms. I loved the music, the feel of the sheets and the scent of the oil. Deb’s professionalism was welcoming and immediately put me at ease.
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Good experience.
by Chad on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Worked out sore spots without hurting
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Karla was very intuitive and gave me a wonderful massage that started my day off RIGHT⭐️
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Very relaxing massage ! Nice attention to problem areas !
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Very professional.
by Anonymous on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Karla is very professional and conscientious. I love her massages.
by kirsten on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Gara P.
I really enjoyed my experience here. I would definitely go back. Everyone was very professional, and the environment was very relaxed and welcoming.
by Tina on Aug 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
First, Jessie was very professional and provided a massage that met my needs for comfort and pain reduction in specific places. The set up for the massage bays was unexpected. I felt more exposed as I am only used to having a massage session in a fully-walled room with a door that closed and where the lighting could be dimmed. In a large open area, sound carries very easily, and I was able to hear other conversations (and everyone was using "inside" voices, too. I did like the music that was being played. I also appreciated the friendly greeting when I arrived and the ease of payment.

Business response:

Thank you for supporting our students in this way! I'm glad your massage met your needs. The walls and curtains we use to separate student clinic spaces in the classroom are the best we can provide at this time. The students rotate through these spaces and the 2 studios we have that are actual rooms. I'm sorry you were uncomfortable with the makeshift studio. You may request one of the private rooms for your future student massages.

by Nick on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Great vibe, environment and very relaxed atmosphere. I would tell anyone I've had less than a half dozen massages in my life so im not an authority by any means. That said, I'd recommend a visit, $45 for 70 minutes is worth the price of admission.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Well worth it!
by Carter on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Over the "waiting area" is okay, a little hodge-podge. The receptionist was very friendly.
by Cindy on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Gara P.
Friendly staff, love the space, love the guitar music that was playing, it was easy to relax.
by Arlys on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
I have recommended Deb to a couple friends already.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Barbara was very thorough with my intake. She reviewed my record and knew where I was experiencing tightness. She took special care to recognize and work out the tightness. She debriefed with me to be sure she did all that I was expecting from my appointment Quite possibly the best massage I have ever had or at least a close second.
by Theresa on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Sure Already have!
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Well worth the cost
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Go have a massage with one of the students, it's a great experience!
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Overall not bad. Small things to improve.....put up a cloth around office desk to cover up milk crates storing things.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
The only bad thing was the customer next to me talked loudly during her entire massage
by Dennis on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Great experience!!
by Richard on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
I will definitely be returning.

Business response:

Thank you Richard! glad you enjoyed your experience. I see our ambience was not as great...do you have suggestions?

by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Yes! I tell friends. I don't care for the building. Plus, it's always cold.

Business response:

Thank you for supporting our students in their education. I'm sorry the building and temp are not feeling good to you. We will work on keeping the space warmer. Best wishes-dede dancing, Director

by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Yes
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
Only good for non-therapeutic, relaxation-type massages

Business response:

I'm sorry your experience wasn't what you'd hoped. This is an entry-level College serving students in backgrounds and stages of life. They are in varying phases of integrating forms, techniques, and strategies they've learned, applying that information now in clinic practice. Clients present with a variety of conditions wellness situations. Some believe a massage must hurt to be therapeutic. I have found I get better, quicker results without pain. --dede dancing, BCTMB, LMT

by Jennifer on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
Ye!
by John on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
yes for sure
by Carol (Charlie) on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
I told several friends today how I received the perfect massage with out realizing it was just what my body wanted. Barbara is developing her intuitive touch. The decor is beautiful and peaceful but the room was way too cold. The table needed a warming pad or extra blanket.

Business response:

Thank you! Working on temp control <3

by Melissa on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
I thought it was fine. My only advice is to use more pressure. I understand the pressure is not to go above a 3. My massage was a 1.75. The other comment was the glass of water at the end. With Covid I would have felt more comfortable with a small bottle of water than in a cup. And allowing for a few more minutes to get dressed after massage. Looking forward to my next massage.

Business response:

Thank you Melissa. Students are definitely still playing with techniques, working to find effective forms, pressure, comfort in their own bodies, etc. We appreciate your participation in this part of their education. Please feel free to bring your own container for water. I'm sorry you felt uncomfortable. Dancing Prairie is dedicated to living gently on the planet. So glad you mostly enjoyed your experience.

by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Only negative is the fabric softener used. Smell is too powerful.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Barbara J.
It was very well worth the price.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Gara P.
Ambiance was amazing-comfort of massage table, music, lighting. Well trained students of massage; beyond the basic massage techniques, which they integrate into session as needed.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
It was great!
by Tony on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Deb was wonderful. Professional, detailed and wonderful. Exceptional experience. It was 1st massage ever in my life. Feel rejuvenated. Will be back weekly.
by Edie on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Loved it! definitely recommend
by Laura on Jul 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Gara P.
Amazing place! A seriously good deal, too.
by Elmer on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
It's a good massage AND you're helping a student. :-)
by Anonymous on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
It was a welcoming and friendly environment
by Anonymous on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Jessie H.
Love this place! Very relaxing.
by Anonymous on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Great location.
by Margy on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Deb L.
Wonderful massage ! They care about taking care of your individual needs

Business response:

Thank you Margy! I'm glad your massage gave you what you were hoping for :)

by Holly on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Lucie A.
Absolutely worth it, great massage, great price!

Business response:

Excellent! Glad you feel that way :)

by Monica on Jun 2021
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Karla D.
Already have been spreading the word about how well educated and trained the students are and that the massages are delightful!

Business response:

Thank you Monica!

by Anonymous on May 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Jessie H.
It was a great opportunity to visit the school and get a free massage. I appreciated how much my massage therapist in training cared about the state of my body and I found her caring suggestions for future body work came from a genuine desire to help alleviate my physical pain.

Business response:

Thanks for signing up to enjoy our students’ first public massages. Since they had practiced only with each other and family, they were excited (and nervous) to welcome our community to their school for free massage therapy in a community setting. Students will continue to gain skills and confidence as we proceed through the months leading to their September graduation. Their Student Clinic begins in a few weeks and offers a different experience. Hope you’ll join us again!

by Anonymous on Apr 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Karla D.
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My only negative would be that the sheets I had to lay my face on were scented, which I am allergic to. Suggest making area scent free. Music was also up a little too loud (boy I sound like an old fuddy duddy). Overall Karla was awesome and my son is begging for another session.
by Anonymous on Apr 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Lucie A.
Great experience
by Kris on Apr 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Deb L.
Deb was very skilled, responsive to my suggestions about where I had pain and how to alleviate it, and had a lovely presence, further enhancing my wonderful experience. Thank you!
by Les on Apr 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Barbara J.
they should give it a try if they get the chance
by Ricki on Apr 2021
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Service Received: Student Shiatsu Clinic with Gara P.
Great experience felt relaxed Dancing Prairie is a magical space!!!!

Business response:

Thanks Ricki! Great to have you back <3

by Anonymous on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Convenient location.
by Anonymous on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Cheaper and very good
by Ricki on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Great place to get massage!!!

Business response:

Thank you Ricki. Looking forward to seeing you again!

by Anonymous on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Very skilled

Business response:

Thank you for this review. We hope to see you again soon!

by Marilyn on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Go and get a massage!

Business response:

We say this all the time! Thank you for posting a review. Looking forward to seeing you again.

by Anonymous on Nov 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Peter S.
Dancing Prairie provides superb massage therapy. I will definitely be scheduling with them again!

Business response:

Excellent! So glad you feel this way

by Anonymous on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Ricki B.
Nice setup
by Carol on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
Loved everything’
by Wahneta on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Michael M.
Reception was pleasant.
by Anonymous on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Michael M.
Great vibes, comfortable place!
by Edie on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
All good. only thing better would be a more private room but I don't think you can do that. What you have is fine.
by Anonymous on Aug 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
It was very nice.
by Anonymous on Jul 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Ricki B.
I had a great massage.
by Anonymous on Jul 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
Sad I couldn’t see faces but it’s understandable.
by Judy on Jul 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
The room was quiet with only the exception of the train(as expected!). Receptionist was pleasant and welcoming. Music was comforting.
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Michael M.
Overall, I felt the music was too loud to mask the other ambient noise.

Business response:

Thank you for participating in our student clinic! The students are learning so much with these experiences. I think you're saying the music was too loud, and it still didn't cover up the other noises. With the gym downstairs and the train right outside, our environment is a bit noisy at times and we do try to ameliorate that with good music. I hope your massage still provided goodness for you. --Dede Dancing, Director-Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College.

by Debra on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Ricki B.
Loved the relaxing massage and staff

Business response:

Thanks Debra! The students are learning so much with this clinic practice. We really appreciate your participation!

by Jennifer on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Michael M.
Michael gave me a wonderful massage!!!! I really appreciated his long pauses and the sense that he was really present and listening. Before we started, he was a little quiet, hence the 4 stars. I like quiet, so it wasn't a big deal, but he didn't seem entirely comfortable going through whatever expected pre-talk there is. And the ambiance was affected by a really loud conversation next door that had weird and kind of triggering details. But otherwise, Dancing Prairie was her own fine and wonderful self! Thank you!

Business response:

Thanks so much Jennifer. I'm glad your therapist was totally present for the work. Conversations can be hard to manage as a student. When a client asks interesting questions or begins chatting it can be difficult to imagine how to bring focus back to the massage. These skills are part of what students learn through their work in clinic. I'm sorry your experience included an odd conversation that took you somewhat away from the goodness of your moment. Great feedback!

by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
Very clean and welcoming
by Allen on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Marissa H.
The staff are always friendly and the setting is very relaxing. This is our 3rd year and there is always a high level of consistency that is experienced.

Business response:

Thanks for participating with all 3 of our classes so far! We appreciate your feedback :)

by Lonnie on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Michael M.
Very beautiful environment. Safe with Covid . Very professional and friendly.
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Ricki B.
I love Dancing Prairie!
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
No complaints, whatsoever! Looking forward to my next one.
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Janel S.
Warmers for the tables would be nice.
by Anonymous on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Loved the entire experience
by Anonymous on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
It was wonderful.
by Michelle on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
Greeted with a smile. ???? Room was a bit small
by Anonymous on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Janel S.
There was a big in the light fixtures over head. I just kept focusing on that for some reason.
by Liz on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Janel S.
Janel did a wonderful job!
by Karyn on Nov 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
I have only good things to say. It’s a bit tricky to find at the back of the building but the space works well
by Walter on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
DPMTC is a nice facility, not difficult to find with driving instructions sent by Diana ahead of time and with accessible accommodations and friendly staff. The massage room was private and comfortable. The charge was very reasonable.
by Mary on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Easy parking
by Anonymous on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Janel S.
Nothing
by Anonymous on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
Very friendly staff, completely concerned with my comfort!
by Teresa on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Friendly and welcoming receptionist. Easy check-out.
by Kris on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Everything about the space was ideal. It was beautiful and tranquil, and the therapists were highly professional, with a quiet focus on making me feel relaxed and whole.
by Jill on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
Wonderful place, very professional, convenient location.
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Relaxed setting
by Pen on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
I appreciate free parking.
by Jan on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
Eric is very gentle & unassuming. Perhaps a bit timid & awkward with draping... all remedied with practice & confidence. Overall excellent experience. Can feel Dede's influence. Thank you so much for the opportunity & healing. Eric also went extra mile with a few excercises & info.
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Eric D.
I appreciated the opportunity to both help a student hone his skills as a massage therapist, and also to receive a discounted massage. It was a nice experience, overall!
by Connie on Sep 2019
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Service Received: Student Clinic Massage with Diana G.
Friendly, helpful, kind and professional staff
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Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College

2441 James St

#5A

Coralville , IA 52241 map it

Phone: (319) 351-9766