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Massage Therapy Clinic

The Harper College Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic will be open for the Spring semester from Jan 13-May 14.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: THE MASSAGE THERAPY CLINIC WILL BE CLOSED DURING HARPER COLLEGE'S "FLEXIBLE LEARNING PERIOD" FROM MONDAY MARCH 16 - SUNDAY APRIL 12, DUE TO THE ENTIRE CAMPUS BEING O SHIFTED TO AN ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AS A PRECAUTION TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). WHILE NO CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS ARE KNOWN FOR HARPER COLLEGE STUDENTS, FACULTY OR STAFF, WE WANT TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL THOSE WHO COME ONTO THE HARPER COLLEGE CAMPUS. WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO REOPEN ON MONDAY APRIL 13 AND WILL COMMUNICATE THE PLANS FOR THAT ON THIS WEBSITE AND TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS BY EMAIL.

APPOINTMENTS THAT WERE SCHEDULED DURING THIS TIME UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO BE CANCELLED.

VOICEMAIL/PHONE CALLS LEFT DURING THE "FLEXIBLE LEARNING PERIOD" WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE RETURNED UNTIL THE CLINIC OPENS.

 

The Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic will offer massage therapy sessions to the Harper College community throughout the Spring semester. We are pleased to share we have two large classes of students that are working in the clinic this semester so there is a great deal of availability! See below for details. The clinic's voice mail is 847-925-6000, x2805. (Voicemails will returned the next day the clinic is open.)

The clinic is scheduled to be open for clients Mon-Thurs with hours as follows:

  • Mon 3:00pm-5:30pm
  • Tues 12:00pm-2:30pm and 3:00pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-2:30pm and 3:00-5:30pm.
  • Thurs 12:00pm-2:30pm and 3:00pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • The clinic is closed Fri-Sun, holidays and on days of Campus closure (e.g. inclement weather, Spring Break, etc.)

 This schedule is subject to change based on the student enrollment in the different clinic shifts. 

Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic Details
Experience a relaxing, therapeutic massage at a great price.

The Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic simulates a real-world working environment for therapeutic massage students. Most massage sessions in the Spring will be for 60-minute appointments (50-minutes of hand-on), while a few appointments will be available for 30-minutes (20-minutes of hands-on) and also 90-minutes (80-minutes of hands-on). 

Our mission at the Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic is to provide a supportive environment where each student can practice and perfect their skills as they prepare for a career in Massage Therapy. The student utilizes the clinic setting as an extension of their education by combining various approaches and techniques they have learned, with the supervision of a Licensed Massage Therapist who is a Harper College Faculty member. 

The student learns to use professional observation and information from the client to implement an effective session. 

Please Note: Requests for a therapist of a specific gender cannot be honored. If you need to work with a massage therapist of a particular gender we recommend you seek out a professional Massage Therapist in the community. Professional practicing massage therapists can be found in a client's home area by visiting the website of the American Massage Therapy Association and using their Find a Massage Therapist website. A link to that website is located here.

Massage Therapists and Massage Therapy students do not diagnose or provide treatments outside the scope of a massage therapy. 

We appreciate our clinic patients and are thankful they understand Massage Therapy students are not yet professional Massage Therapists. Our students are still learning and rely on patients with whom they can practice their hands-on skills as well as their therapeutic communication strategies.

Each patient will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of each session. This is a crucial part of each students' training. When the student receives honest feedback, both positive and constructive, our students grow as practitioners.  

If a patient's physical/mental health condition(s) are beyond the scope of what a student Massage Therapist can safely address, the clinic supervisor (a Licensed Massage Therapist and Harper College Faculty member) will explain the need to refer the patient to another health care professional in the community, or perhaps to a professional massage therapist with more advanced skills than a student would be able to provide. 

Scheduling: Schedule your appointment online or call us at 847.925.6000 extension 2805. Online appointment scheduling online is available up to 8 weeks in advance. Appointment openings do fill quickly. If the online scheduling system does not show any openings it is likely because all the available times have been scheduled. 

No-shows: Unfortunately, clients who "no show" for a scheduled appointment or fail to notify us of their inability to attend their scheduled massage within 24-hours of the appointment may be denied future appointments. 

Canceling an Appointment: Please provide at least 24-hours advance notice of a cancellation. This can be done online or by calling 847-925-6000 extension 2805.

The Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic reserves the right to terminate a session and/or refuse future appointments to persons behaving in an inappropriate manner. This includes but is not limited to: making inappropriate comments or gestures to the student, touching the student, not providing constructive feedback or providing feedback that is overly critical, not arriving for a scheduled clinic appointment and not calling to cancel.  

Spring 2020 Focused Sessions Schedule

We pleased to bring back the popular Focused Sessions for Spring 2020. In these session the student therapist will spend half of the 50-minute appointment on the area they are learning more about in class as mapped out on the schedule below. The other half of the session can be for 1-2 body regions that the client and therapist agree on. (There will not be enough time to provide a full-body session.) In the past this has been popular with clients who look ahead at the schedule and find the dates where the areas they need the work will be focused on to get some very targeted work. For this reason, these appoiontments are booked very quickly - get your spot right away!

Here is the schedule for these popular appointments:

  • Week of 02/17: Shoulders and Neck
  • Week of 02/24: Upper and Mid Back
  • Week of 03/02: Abs, Low Back and Hips (Gluteals)
  • Week of 03/09: Thighs and Knees
  • Week of 03/16: Knees, Lower Legs and Feet
  • Week of 03/23: Clinic closed for Spring Break
  • Week of 03/30: Arms and Hands
  • Week of 04/06: Neck, Face and Scalp

In the scheduling system these are described as "Targeted Massage" and the practitioners are listed as Focused Therapist 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Payment can be made by credit/debit cards or a check. We are unable to accept cash. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is against Illinois state law for a massage therapy student to accept money from a client, including a gratuity.

Prices for Spring 2020

Therapeutic Massage (50-minute wellness and relaxation sessions) Therapist 1-4 and 5-8

  • $40 for Public Client (adults ages 18 - 64)
  • $35 for Senior Discount (ages 65 and older)
  • $30 for Harper Student/Employees Discount (Also for First Responders and Military-connected)

 Targeted Massage Session (50-minutes of hands on with half the time focused on assigned area) Focused Therapist 1-4

  • $40 for Public Client (adults ages 18 - 64)
  • $35 for Senior Discount (ages 65 and older)
  • $30 for Harper Student/Employees Discount (Also for First Responders and Military-connected)

 Wellness Break Massage (20-minutes of hands-on to address 1-2 areas of need) 30-Minute Therapist 1-4

  • $20 for Public Client (adults ages 18 - 64)
  • $15 for Senior Discount (ages 65 and older)
  • $10 for Harper Student/Employees Discount (Also for First Responders and Military-connected)

80-Minute Massage (80-minutes of hands-on to address full body plus 1-2 specific areas of need) 90-Minute Therapist 1-4

  • $60 for Public Client (adults ages 18 - 64)
  • $55 for Senior Discount (ages 65 and older)
  • $40 for Harper Student/Employees Discount (Also for First Responders and Military-connected)

 

Online Scheduling Available Now - Go to this LINK

Gift certificates for massage sessions can be purchased for any denomination of money and can then be applied to massage sessions in our clinic as the recipient sees fit.

Gift certificates are available through the Program Coordinator's office in Avante, Building X, Room X109 - Call 847.925.6076 to schedule a time to pick yours up, or certificates can be purchased over the phone and mailed to the address of your choice.

Gift certificates from our clinic DO NOT expire.  

IMPORTANT: Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash and can only be redeemed when the clinic is in session (during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters). Gift certificates cannot be redeemed when the clinic is closed.

    Spring 2020 Hours
    Mondays: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Tuesdays: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Closed Friday-Sunday, holidays and any days/times the college is closed (e.g. inclement weather, Spring Break, etc.)

Please arrive 10-minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork, and prepare for your session. An appointment is comprised of five minutes for pre-session consultation and disrobing, five minutes for post-session consultation and re-dressing and the remainder of the appointment is the hands-on massage time. If a client arrives late for an appointment or is otherwise not ready to start at the time of their appointment, the portion of time for the hands-on massage itself will be shortened. 

The purpose of the Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic is to provide every student with equal opportunities to work with a variety of clients. Therefore, we are unable to honor requests for therapists of a specific gender. Requests for a particular student therapist will be considered; however, assignment to that therapist is subject to availability and the needs of the students.

Confirming Appointments 
The Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic exists for educational purposes. It is essential that students have clients to work with. Each client will receive a reminder email approximately 1-3 days before the scheduled appointment. If you have an appointment but do not receive a confirmation email, please let us know.

Late Arrival for Appointments by Clients
Due to the scheduling nature of the clinic, clients who arrive late will have a shorter appointment. Please call 847.925.6000 ex 2805 and to let us know if you are going to be late for your appointment. Clients who arrive late and do not notify the clinic may lose their appointment to another client.