Frequently Asked Questions

About PR Labs

What is PR Labs and what do you do?

We are a collaborative and integrated sports medicine clinic and recovery lab. Under one roof we provide physical therapy, personal training, chiropractic services, sports massage and will provide a state of the art recovery lab with an infrared sauna and cold plunge pool, as well as other recovery tools.

Where Is PR Labs?

Centrally located in Boulder, Colorado. We are at 2595 Canyon Blvd. suite #150 in the Water St. building. We are on the left as you enter the building from the parking lot. Our closest cross street is Canyon/Folsom.

Do you only work with professional athletes?

No. We are inclusive, and welcoming to all active humans. No matter your shape, size, color or skill level, we are here for you.

About Massage

What is massage? What is bodywork?

Massage is a healthcare practice in which a skilled therapist addresses physical dysfunction by manipulating the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia of the body. Bodywork is a term that includes massage, but which can also include assisted or passive stretching, resistance tests, diagnostic work, and heat/cold therapy. At PR Sports Lab., we are also health educators and believe that by you learning more about the way your body moves and works, it can vastly improve how you care for your physical health.

What should I expect at my first massage?

For your first appointment, we ask that you arrive a few minutes early in order to fill out our brief intake form detailing your physical health and history. After that, your therapist will talk with you about your expectations for the session and what types of massage work you’re interested in. Depending on your reason for coming in, the intake communication may last from 5-15 minutes on your first session. Your therapist will then leave the room and return once you are comfortably settled on the table. After your bodywork session, we will give you our assessment of the work that was done and give you helpful self-care suggestions to take home with you. More often than not, we will recommend additional sessions with a strategic plan for getting the results that you are looking for.

What should I expect after my first session?

After your massage, you may experience greater relaxation, improved range of motion, reduced pain and a better sense of your own body. It is a good idea to drink lots of water after massage and to take the rest of the day a bit easier than you normally would so that your body can take advantage of the improved circulation that massage brings and adjust to the improvements in muscle function. We do not recommend working out, training or doing any strenuous activities post-massage. Depending on your issues, your therapist may need to break up scar tissue and adhesions. Sometimes this causes some minor soreness. You might feel some discomfort from your session, but it should last 24-48 hours at most. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns after your session.

Should I wait before or after intense exercise to get a massage?

If you’re an athlete who is receiving sports massage on a regular basis (every-other-week or more), then your body is accustomed to massage as part of your training, and you may not need to be as cautious about your massage timing; we can see you at any time. If you’re someone that does not get massage regularly, you should not likely have a deep tissue massage 48 hours before a big workout or event because the introduction of massage to your body may cause you to perform differently while in training. For those newer to massage, it is most beneficial to allow time to let the benefits of massage take place in your body.  If you exercise after a massage, we recommend you focus on hydrating, stretch, and then do a lighter workout as opposed to a longer one.  Keep in mind, every body is different so we can never know for sure how your body is going to react to a massage.  We are as cautious as possible and we will educate you about your options.


How do I book an appointment?

If you are looking for a massage you can book via schedule page. If you want to book with an associate for PT, Chiro or any of the other services, please start at the practitioners page.

If you are not sure, or want to check with us first, please contact us.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel, if it is less than 24 hours notice, you will need to text, email or call to let us know. We have a 24 hour notice cancellation policy, you can be charged full-price for missed appointments. If you feel unwell, or have a temperature, please stay home and let us know as soon as you can, we’ll cancel or change your appointment for free. We’ll let you know as well if for any reason we can’t see you. If you do need to cancel, or change, please let us know as soon as possible so we can re-use your slot/session, if possible.

Why do you charge for missed appointments?

We reserve your session time specifically for you.  It is our goal to accommodate as many clients as possible and, as we usually have a waiting list, it is important that we fill all available slots and your providing adequate notice of cancellation helps us do that. Also, as our therapists are highly-skilled and educated professionals, they require appropriate pay.  The therapists practice a maximum of 4-5 sessions a day so that you can get high quality treatment, and so they can stay healthy and injury-free.  One missed appointment out of 4 appointments has a significant financial impact.

If you have any questions not covered here, please call or email us at any time!

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Sarah MorrisonSarah Morrison
23:25 28 Sep 23
I’ve seen Kate & a few other massage therapists here (most recently Tim) and have never left disappointed. They’re knowledge & execution is top notch. I feel lucky to have access to this team of professionals.
Jeremy HendricksJeremy Hendricks
22:02 20 Sep 23
Professional, skilled and experienced team. Book yourself here for all things that make your body go!
Liz DeMatteisLiz DeMatteis
23:27 16 Aug 23
10/10, no notes!
Jena FranzJena Franz
00:12 05 Aug 23
PR labs has it all- a true one stop shop! Massage therapy and working with a dietician are the services I have dabbled in so far. I plan on exploring their other services in the near future. PR labs has kind, empathetic and incredibly knowledgeable practitioners. The ONLY place I will go for the above services.Worth noting the space is super clean, organized and spacious!
Jenn ThomasJenn Thomas
21:42 21 Jun 23
Kate and everyone at PR labs are absolutely amazing. If you need amazing body work, sports massage, Physical therapy with Dr Sarah or Chiro with Dr Ellen are amazing and they take the time to learn about you, listen and take care of all of your needs!! HIGHLY recommend!!
Claire BentonClaire Benton
17:37 09 Jun 23
Everything about PR Labs is top notch! It's a completely inclusive space as well as the staff and services. I have utilized the massage, PT and nutritional services. They talk to each other and create a truly magical experience. You'll be taken great care of here.
Amy MachaelAmy Machael
16:45 31 May 23
Everything about PR Sports Lab is amazing. The staff and all the practices that encompass PR Sports Lab are knowledgeable practitioners. I love the collaborative environment used in my treatments. I have always used Kate for my sports massages but our schedules have not aligned so I had to bite the bullet and see a male massage therapist for the first time!!! I've always been self conscious about getting a massage from a male. I scheduled a massage appointment with Nito Orecchio and all my fears were put to rest. He was professional and conscientious of my comfort level. There was no creepy experience or vibe at all. Thank you!!! I will definitely be back for another sports massage!
Allison BenhamAllison Benham
13:42 12 May 23
The best place to go for a sports massage and PT with Dr. Sarah Zimmer. They have been incredibly helpful here in helping me get back to running without injury.
Briana BoehmerBriana Boehmer
03:00 12 May 23
Kate and her team are unparalleled. Their level of care and attention is truly exceptional. Kate's approach to collaborative and holistic healthcare is changing the game for practitioners everywhere. I have been a loyal customer of Kate's for nearly 8 years, and I cannot overstate my gratitude for all she has done to keep me healthy and strong.
Helen GardnerHelen Gardner
17:24 07 Feb 23
Kate and her team have done an incredible job of creating an environment that is welcoming for everyone, no matter if you're a high-level athlete or weekend warrior. Their hybrid sessions make getting the care I need so easy. No driving across town to see multiple providers-- they're all in the same spot! This place is a MUST for any person who moves their body!
Jena FranzJena Franz
17:14 09 Jan 23
PR Labs has everything you need with their reputable and knowledgeable all star staff and beautiful gym! Just walking into the place you feel welcome. If you are on the fence about reaching out, this is your sign to do it!
Lauren DanielsLauren Daniels
12:17 27 Nov 22
I can't recommend PR Sports Lab enough! Everything I need for my running needs is in one amazing location. Kate Ripley is the best sports massage therapist that I have seen for years, and has put together an amazing, friendly staff. Love walking into a business where I feel welcome & like I belong. My husband has seen Sarah for PT to sort through some of the toughest injuries. Don't hesitate to check them out!
Erin GuineyErin Guiney
14:30 21 Nov 22
Dr Ellen is genuinely invested in helping you figure out the root of your problems. She is incredibly kind, thorough and smart. Highly recommend and especially if you have multiple and even chronic issues going on.
Julia ArocaJulia Aroca
03:16 04 Nov 22
This place is amazing, they have it all! It is the one-stop shop for endurance sports (and regular sports/fitness).I started going here when I began training for my first 100 miler. Sarah, PT, DPT is awesome! She is also an ultra-runner and accomplished athlete which to me is invaluable when looking for a good PT. Sarah was great at helping me stay strong and prevent injury. Kate and Alex are also amazing sports massage therapists. I seriously have not had a better massage than I have here from both of them.Everyone is super friendly and personable. The facility is very clean and modern. I always look forward to my appointments (and I used to dread going to PT)!I would recommend PR Labs to everyone and cannot say enough good things!
Sean HorningSean Horning
03:15 28 Apr 22
5 stars. Best Sports Physio. Kate Ripley is phenomenal. Highly recommend.
Kerttu VeskeKerttu Veske
22:25 11 May 21
PR Sports Labs is a wonderful collaborative space. You get all your care in one place - sports massage, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, nutrition etc. The individual focus you get from each practitioner is exceptional. I highly recommend it!
Mark CathcartMark Cathcart
06:33 01 Apr 21
PR Labs is a great, open location that is bright and modern with all new equipment, their treatment rooms are large and staffed with amazing professionals,Kate worked on my shoulders after a bike crash and clavical break to help me get mobility back. Nito did a great overall sports massage focussed on my legs after that increasing my mileage.I've been treated by the PT, Sarah, who solved my back problems with a dry needling session and gave me some stretches to work on.I love the fact the practitioners work together to come up with a coordinated, integrated treatment plan.
  •   Can't say enough great things about Kate and the whole team at PR Labs! Kate understands all the weird aches and pains that come from both holding down a desk... read more

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      A much needed and long overdue massage. Kate is very skilled and professional. She asks what parts need work and fixes them. My head now turns from shoulder to shoulder... read more

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      Kate has all the essential qualities that make a great massage therapist.  She is knowledgeable about the body and knows how to relieve muscular tensions and get great results.  ... read more

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  •   From the first time I met Kate, I was made to feel so comfortable, like we had known each other for ages. She is always so prompt and starts her... read more

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      Kate is excellent at working out those stubborn knots and aches!  Very professional neuromuscular massage was received today. Pamela

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      The best. The BEST!

    Historically, about 8 times out of 10 I walk out of a massage disappointed with a $150 hole in my pocket. When it comes to massages, I'm... read more

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  •   Kate is an amazing therapist.  She understands the body because of her personal experience being an elite athlete.  (I claim to be a below average athlete in Boulder-  perhaps that's... read more

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      Kate is my go-to for bodywork in Boulder. I'm an ultra runner who has had both chronic and acute injuries (achilles tendinitis, tight hamstrings, and strained pectoral to name a... read more

    thumb Lisa M.

      Kate is beyond amazing! Whether you want a super relaxing massage or if you are looking to get a sports massage to get all your "kinks" out - Kate is... read more

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