Donating massages helps massage therapy schools provide hands-on training for their students
Cherry Hill, NJ. If you have ever watched a nurse taking care of patients, you know the job can be physically demanding. During Nurses’ Week this spring, the massage therapy students from the Cherry Hill campus of Harris School of Business decided it was time to give nurses a break and treat them to a massage.
The lucky recipients of the massages were the hospice nurses at the Lutheran Home Hospice in Westhampton, NJ. “Nursing is hard work, and we wanted to show the hospice nurses that we appreciate them. It was a great opportunity for our massage therapy students to practice the skills they are learning in class,” says Krista Kernan, program manager for the massage therapy program at Harris School.
At the Harris School of Business, the massage therapy courses cover a variety of massage techniques, from deep tissue massage and acupressure to reflexology and Swedish massage. Students also learn to treat clients with special concerns, such as pregnant women, athletes, and the elderly.
In addition to the free massage events at the Lutheran Home Hospice, the school also works with the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ. “We provide bi-weekly chair massage events at the Ronald McDonald House. Parents, nurses, and children can sign up for a free massage,” says Ms. Kernan. The students also held a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in order to buy food and supplies.
“At Harris, it means a lot to us to be part of the community. The chair-massage events not only benefit the massage recipients, but they also help our students gain experience,” says Ms. Kernan, “These events can even be good networking opportunities for our students. This year, one of our graduates was hired by the Lutheran Hospice Home after giving chair massages.”
Harris School of Business has a tradition of providing career-focused education to adults in the fields of allied health and business management. The Cherry Hill campus offers programs in computerized accounting technology, health claims and medical billing training, legal office technology, massage therapy, and professional medical assisting.
As one of the region’s accredited business schools, Harris School of Business operates seven campuses in the Delaware Valley. Some of the program offerings at the other campuses include surgical technology, dental assistant training, and pharmacy and health technician training.
April Lupinacci, Campus Director
Harris School of Business
1 Mall Drive, Suite 700
Cherry Hill Mall
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002