Massage Therapy Clinic

The  Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic will be open for appointments for the Summer 2021 semester from Mon June 14 - Fri July 30.

VOICEMAILS LEFT ON THE CLINIC LINE WILL BE RETURNED THE NEXT DAY THAT IS THE CLINIC IS OPEN.

INFORMATION BELOW DESCRIBES THE NORMAL OPERATIONS OF THE CLINIC.

The Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic offers massage therapy sessions to the Harper College community.

For the Summer 2021 semester, the clinic will be open for clients in June and July for sessions with hours of operation as follows:

  • Monday 3pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 9am-8:30pm
  • Wednesday 9am-8:30pm
  • Thursday 3pm-8:30pm
  • Friday 9am-2:30pm

The clinic is closed weekends and holidays, and on days of Campus closure (for instance. inclement weather, Spring Break, etc.)

  • IF THE PANDEMIC NUMBERS SPIKE AGAIN AND THE COLLEGE CLOSES FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING, THE MASSAGE CLINIC WILL ALSO BE CLOSED AT THAT TIME.

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 30-minute and 90-minute massage appointments.

Our mission at the Massage Therapy Teaching Clinic is to provide a supportive environment where each student can practice their 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.

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

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 can 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.

COVID-19 NOTE: At this time, per Harper College requirements, the face mask rules above still apply even if a patient is considered "fully vaccinated." Unless a patient has a medical contraindication to wearing a mask (in which case arrangements must be pre-arranged through the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator), a face mask that covers the nose and mouth will be required for ALL patients while in the clinic.

COVID-19 VACCINATION NOTE: Vaccinations cannot be mandated for students in IL community colleges. Some students will have voluntarily gotten vaccinated and others will not have gotten it. Students do not have to share their vaccination status with the faculty or clients in the clinic, and patient requests for a "vaccinated therapist" cannot be honored. If a client feels strongly that they will only work with a therapist who has been fully vaccinated, we can provide resources to find a professional massage therapist in the community where learning that information may be easier.     

Scheduling: Schedule your appointment online or call us at 847.925.6000 extension 2805. Online appointment scheduling online is available up to 4 weeks in advance. Appointment openings do fill quickly. If the online scheduling system does not show any openings for a given day it is likely because all the available times have been scheduled. In the SUMMER 2021 semester all students are in their second rotation of clinic and are able to provide relaxation/wellness massage sessions as well as more advanced clinical techniques. Focused sessions will return in the Summer 2021 semester.

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.

COVID-19 Precautions: Clients will need to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth the entire time they are on the Harper College campus, with the exception of when they are lying face-down on the massage table in the face cradle. During that time a special draping procedure will be utilized with the linens to catch respiratory droplets. If a client is unwilling to wear a face mask, the appointment will need to be canceled. Per college requirements, these face mask requirements are still in place even if a patient is considered to be "fully vaccinated." If a client has a medical condition that contraindicates the use of a face mask, arrangements must be made at least 24-hours in advance through the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator, Jeremy Miller who can be reached at jmiller4@harpercollege.edu or 847-925-6076

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 patient, including a gratuity.

Prices for Summer 2021

30-minute appointment (with 20-minutes of hands-on) labeled in the Scheduling system as 30-Minute Therapist 1 or 30-Minute Therapist 2.

  • $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)

60-minute appointment (with 50-minutes of hands-on) labeled in the Scheduling system as Therapist 5 or Therapist 6.

  • $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)

90-minute appointment (with 80-minutes of hands-on) labeled in the Scheduling system as 90-Minute Therapist 1 or 90-Minute Therapist 2.

  • $60 for Public Client (adults ages 18 - 64)
  • $55 for Senior Discount (ages 65 and older)
  • $50 for Harper Student/Employees Discount (Also for First Responders and Military-connected)

 

Summer 2021 Discount Program

Each student needs to complete a certain number of sessions where 20-25 minutes of the session is focused on a specific region of the body. By completing all the required sessions, they will qualify to pass this final course and be ready to graduate. We are offering a 50% discount to clients willing to help the students toward this goal. To qualify for the discount, simply mention the Discount Password: GRADUATE when checking in - this will indicate you are willing to allow the student to spend 20-25 minutes of your session working on one region of your body that has been assigned by their faculty member. Any remaining time in the session can be used for work on other areas of the body.   

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 over holiday breaks when the clinic is closed.

SUMMER 2021

  • Monday 3pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 9am-8:30pm
  • Wednesday 9am-8:30pm
  • Thursday 3pm-8:30pm
  • Friday 9am-2:30pm

Saturday, Sunday, holidays and any days/times the college is closed (for instance. inclement weather, Spring Break, etc.) the clinic is also closed.

IF THE PANDEMIC NUMBERS SPIKE AGAIN AND THE COLLEGE CLOSES FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING, THE MASSAGE CLINIC WILL ALSO CLOSE.

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 two years 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.

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.