Harper College

Massage Therapy Clinic

The Harper College Massage Therapy Student Teaching Clinic will be open for the Summer 2024 semester from Mon May 20th through Thur July 11.   

To join the patient database and be notified when the schedule becomes available and also periodic special events and other discounts, email the Program Coordinator, Jeremy Miller - Just include your name, email, and phone number. 



So that our Massage Therapy students can gain experience working with real world clients, the Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic offers massage therapy sessions to Harper students, staff and member of the public from the Harper College community. 

NOTE: Summer 2024 Clinic Remodeling - We are adding new clinic rooms so future classes can have more students and we can increase clinic session availability.  The remodeling to create these new clinic treatment rooms will happen over the Summer and Fall 2024 semesters. While this remodeling work is being done, our clinic sessions will be held in a temporary classroom location - room X124, which is just down the hall from our regular treatment room location. Patients will still check in at the same massage clinic front desk window area as usual. It is important to note, the temporary classroom will have dividers made of curtain-material in place between treatment rooms, (think of a hospital room divided into two spaces by a curtain,) but keeping your voice low while in the clinic room will be important as there will be several other sessions going on at the same time.     

During the Summer 2024 semester, the clinic will be open for clients with general hours of operation as follows:

  • Monday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Tuesday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: closed

The clinic will be closed on any day when the Harper College Campus is closed (for example, inclement weather, holidays, 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 massage therapy students. Massage sessions are typically for 60-minutes (50-minutes of hands-on). Students in their second rotation of clinic will also be available for a limited number of 30-minute and 90-minute massage appointments, (available in the Spring and Summer semesters only).

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

Students are learning to use professional observation and information obtained from the client to create and implement a session treatment plan that is both safe and effective. This requires communication before, during and after the treatment.

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.

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 working as 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. Ten minutes of every session are set aside for this communication - typically 5-minutes at the beginning and 5-minutes at the end of each session.

Each patient will be asked to complete an session evaluation form at the end of each treatment. 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 Massage Therapy student 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.

Summer 2024 - Focused Sessions with Advanced Students Return

Our popular Focused Sessions return for the Summer 2024 semester. With these 50-minute treatments, the student practices focusing their treatment on an assigned region of the client's body (see schedule below) where the client has had trouble in the past. We schedule these over the phone to get the best results for both our students and clients. During a focused session, half of the 50-minute treatment will be focused on the assigned region, and the other half of the appointment can be for whatever 1-2 regions the client and student therapist agree upon. (NOTE: The remaining time is not long enough to fit in the remainder of a full-body session.) 

If you have TMJ disorder or trouble with headaches, aim for a focused session on the neck, scalp and face. Plantar fascitis? Get a session focused on the lower legs and feet. Is sciatica a chronic concern for you? A session focusing on the abs, low back and hips may be just the ticket. 

Here's the focused session schedule for Summer 2024:

  • Shoulders and neck: 5/22 and 5/23
  • Upper and Mid Back: 5/29 and 5/30
  • Abs, Low Back, and Hips: 6/3 and 6/4 
  • Thighs and Knees: 6/10 and 6/11
  • Knees, Lower Legs, and Feet: 6/24 and 6/25
  • Arms and Hands: 6/26 and 6/27
  • Neck, Scalp, Face: 7/1 and 7/2

Scheduling for Summer 2024 will only be done over the phone.

Call our clinic line 847-925-6000, Ext 2805. If the clinic is closed, leave a message and we will return your call the next time the clinic is open.


Scheduling: Call us at 847.925.6000 extension 2805. Messages left will be returned the next time the clinic is open. Online appointment scheduling is not available over the summer. Appointment openings fill very quickly.  

Client No-shows: Clients who is a "no show" for a scheduled appointment or fails 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, arriving for a clinic appointment under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not arriving for a scheduled clinic appointment and not calling to cancel.


Payment can be made by credit/debit cards or a check. We are not able to accept cash.

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

Prices for Summer 2024

Prices for 50-minute treatments are:

  • $40 public clients ages 18-64
  • $35 public clients age 65 or older
  • $30 for Harper students and employees, first responders and military-connected clients

Prices for 80-minute treatments are:

  • $60 public clients ages 18-64
  • $55 public clients age 65 or older
  • $50 for Harper students and employees, first responders and military-connected clients

Prices for 20-minute treatments are:

  • $20 public clients ages 18-64
  • $15 public clients age 65 or older
  • $10 for Harper students and employees, first responders and military-connected clients

80-minute and 20-minute sessions are available in the Spring and Summer semesters. All sessions in the Fall are for 50-minutes of hands-on.

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 over holiday breaks or other times that the clinic is closed.

Summer 2024 (May 20 - Jul 11)

  • Monday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Tuesday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed


Please arrive 10-minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork, and prepare for your session. A new health history form is required at the first appointment or if it has been over one year since the last health history form was completed.

An appointment is comprised of five minutes for pre-session consultation and client 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 can be considered; however, assignment to that therapist is subject to availability and the needs of the students.

Any client wanting to be seen for a massage therapy table session needs to have an appointment in their own name. 

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 scheduled nature of the clinic, clients who arrive late will have a shorter treatment. 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.



Last Updated: 5/13/24