Piedmont Technical College's massage therapy program will be offering its annual massage clinic as part of the training for its students beginning January 15. The clinic will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 12-3:45 p.m. at the PTC annex building on North Emerald Road.
A one-hour Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular or prenatal massage will be $10 for students and staff of PTC and $20 for the general public.
Massage 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. Many integrate into chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, medical practice settings, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities; in addition to other professional environments, due to its extreme flexible portability.
“The demand is high for therapists,” says Michelle Liggett, massage therapy program director and instructor. “Many students have jobs lined up before they even graduate. Massage therapy is so powerful, people either create positions for the therapists or the therapist goes into business for themselves, with little to no down time.”
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 in areas of study that include a comprehensive education in anatomy and physiology, pathology, basic pharmacology, kinesiology, exercise physiology and rehabilitation. Students are also required to perform 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.
“The students receive real-world experience in running an active, operational clinic during this event,” said Liggett. “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.”
During the summer clinic, reflexology is also performed. Doctor’s notes are required for questionable chronic medical conditions based on medical history. This is necessary because client safety is primary in effective therapeutic service delivery.
“Sometimes, a physician may want to advise the therapist,” said Liggett. “Furthermore, good communication helps to strengthen the bond of team commitment to the quality of care clients receive. Our motto is, ‘We Put Touch Back Into Health Care!’”
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.
“Having a positive influence in the wellbeing of the community is truly a pleasure,” Liggett said. “Clients leave feeling invigorated and mobile, while therapists experience personal satisfaction in having made a difference in someone’s life. This is a great ongoing exchange.”
Gift certificates are also available for purchase at the clinic. For more information on the massage therapy program or to schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Liggett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (864) 941-8785.