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Massage Therapy Program Clinic Opens

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Jan
14
2012

clinicMassage therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. There is an ever increasing acceptance of massage as a holistic approach to health care and health maintenance.

One of the requirements of the massage therapy program at Piedmont Technical College is that students must complete 40 hours of class and lab time, including hands-on training, plus an additional 50 hours of real-world experience on their own. To this end, the massage therapy program provides a massage clinic beginning in January each year.

Piedmont Technical College’s massage therapy program will be offering its annual massage clinic as part of the training for its students beginning January 17. The clinic will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 12-3:30 p.m. at the PTC annex building on North Emerald Road.

“The students receive real-world experience in running an active operational clinic during this event,” said Michelle Liggett, massage therapy program director and instructor. “They perform client intake, collect money, schedule appointments, assess therapeutic needs, deliver therapeutic care and provide follow-up. It’s more than pushing flesh around and asking for a fee. It’s educationally and labor intensive.”

A one-hour Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue or prenatal massage will be $10 for students and staff of PTC as well as current Lander University students and $20 for the general public. Gift certificates are available. Doctor’s notes are required for questionable chronic medical conditions based on medical history. A list of conditions is available. Conditions for which a massage is contraindicated (not given) involve fever, pregnant females in the first trimester (unless a doctor’s note is provided), persons with contagious diseases, infectious medical conditions or wounds/injuries requiring medical attention.

“Sometimes, extreme caution is well indicated, such as with cancer and severe chronic illness clients,” Liggett stated. “Clients have been exposed to medications with possible serious side effects. In those cases, we require a doctor’s note. This way, we can communicate with health care professionals in the field and provide informed beneficial therapeutic service delivery.”

The three-semester day program for a certificate in massage therapy begins in the fall. Liggett encourages anyone interested in the program to contact the PTC admissions office about becoming program-ready.

“Our motto is ‘Putting touch back into health care,’” she said. “Clients leave feeling invigorated and mobile while therapists feel personal satisfaction in having made a difference in someone’s life.  This is a great ongoing exchange.”

For more information on the massage therapy program or to schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Liggett at liggett.m@ptc.edu or call (864) 941-8785.

Photo Caption: Piedmont Technical College’s massage therapy program will be offering its annual massage clinic as part of the training for its students beginning January 17. A one-hour Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue or prenatal massage will be $10 for students and staff of PTC and current Lander University students and $20 for the general public. Gift certificates are available. Call (864) 941-8785 to schedule an appointment.

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