JOASH MENCIAS // NEWS EDITOR
The Continuing Education department offers a wide range of programs, but one of them may win the title for ‘Most Relaxing,’ for the public at least.
The Massage Therapy program along with the professional massage clinic began a new fall semester with this term being the first fall term for the program’s student massage clinic at the college.
Patricia O’Shaughnessy, who has served a year and a half as the head of the program, describes the yearlong program as part of an integrated program model consisting of three semesters of both academic and technical courses.
In Dec., the very first students in the program, a total of four, will complete the massage therapy program.
“This program is the longest of the short-term career programs which culminates in a certificate,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Students finish the program with 23 credit hours which can be applied to an associate’s degree in applied science.” Students learn a variety of massage techniques from basic strokes to specialized treatments for sports and certain medical conditions.
Students have opportunities to practice their techniques through sports events such as 10K’s and an upcoming swim meet. Senior massage therapy students also apply their skills in the student clinic, which is open to the public.
Along with the student clinic, the college also offers a pro- fessional massage clinic. The professional clinic, which is going into its 2nd year at the college, provides treatments like Swedish, deep-tissue and Eastern massage treatments done by a staff of licensed therapists.
While many of the people coming into the clinic are faculty members, O’Shaughnessy said more and more of the general public has started to come in.
“A lot of people find us on our webpage and so now we’re getting good community support.”
The student massage clinic is open on Thursday afternoons while the professional clinic of- fers treatments Monday through Saturday.
The clinics and massage therapy classes are located in SRC 1110 next to the cafeteria.