820 Washington St

Manitowoc WI  54220


The Studio

Licensed Massage Therapist & Owner

The Relaxation Center is a floatation and massage studio located at 820 Washington Street across from the Courthouse in Downtown Manitowoc. The building is over 130 years old and well maintained. Our facility has one massage room, two floatation rooms, personal steam and sauna equipment, a sound therapy table, and a cozy central area for waiting or relaxing. We can easily accommodate parties of three who want to come in together to share and enjoy the warmth and comfort of our studio offers.

You are welcome to make an appointment to tour our studio prior to scheduling an appointment to float or get a massage. We can sit down together to discuss your goals and see if massage or floatation is the right choice for you.

What We Do

Located in Downtown Manitowoc WI, Great Lakes Relaxation Center offers massage therapy, floatation therapy, sound therapy, far infrared sauna, and steam shower. Massage therapist and owner, Christine Vander Bloomen, LMT, specializes in massage sessions featuring hot stones, hot towels, and aromatherapy. There is always a focus on the depth of pressure you need. Our massage services can be customized to your specific needs or let us recommend one of our exclusive massage services which will focus in on your area of concern be it your feet, your head, neck, and shoulders, head and face, or your back. If you don’t know which massage you     (continued)
 need, Christine will take the time to talk to you, listen to you,discuss your habits and determine what level of pressure, temperature, and motion is best suited for your body’s condition and temperament. 

The Relaxation Center has been offering floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation or restricted environmental stimulus therapy,  in addition to massage for over three years, making us Wisconsin's longest operating floatation center. Floating offers a chance to escape the power of gravity and lets your body and mind decompress with the help of 900 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in about 200 gallons of water. Christine or float assistant Todd will guide and advise to help you achieve a quality float experience.

I have been practicing massage and educating my clients how their bodies move since 2004 having graduated from Blue Sky School of Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork in August of the same year. My continued training includes Structural Relief Therapy and becoming a Klose trained manual lymphodema therapist. I have an intense interest in aromatherapy and include essential oils in my sessions at no additional cost if you choose to use them.

Most of my massage clientele seeking  pain relief start by coming in for three weekly sessions and then tapering off to monthly or as needed. Pain relief clients will be assessed and your desired results will be discussed. You will be  treated and we will discuss whether or not massage will be to your benefit. I often ask a lot  of questions about your work, how you spend your free time, how often you sit, how often you stand, and about your sleeping habits. I take this information and design a personalized session with you in mind.

Some people subscribe to the theory of "no pain, no gain," when it comes to massage. I do not. My preference is to ease in slowly and steadily so as not to create inflammation in the tissues which I feel may contribute to lasting soreness after a massage. I believe loosening up tightly bound muscles is half skill and half art.

I invite you to schedule an appointment for yourself or purchase a gift certificate for a loved one who would benefit from spending  an hour, two, even three at The Relaxation Center.

Cancellation Policy

When you schedule an appointment at The Relaxation Center that time is set aside just for you. Cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice can result in a no show charge. Weather, illnesses, and emergencies are handled on a case by case basis when we are made known of them. We reserve the right to require prepayment or  a credit card to hold your appointment.

Christine Vander Bloomen, LMT