These Magical Massage Hands Melt Away Stress

Posted by on January 15, 2013

Massage therapy program students at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester lead the way in community involvement, which also does wonders for providing them real-world experience in their field. Stevie Ersland, massage therapy program chair, outlines some key events her students are involved in every year. Feel free to read away–it’s relaxing!

massage therapy programMassage therapy students volunteer at many community events, from simple to sensational, throughout the year to provide massages and gain real and valuable experience.

Everyone knows how stressful planning a wedding can be. Rochester recently held its Wedding Extravaganza at the Mayo Civic Center, bringing together vendors from across Southern Minnesota and giving people the opportunity to plan a wedding all in one stop. Minnesota School of Business-Rochester massage therapy students were once again there to help by providing relaxing chair massages and relieving some of the stress of wedding planning for many of the attendees.

Along with events of this fun nature are ones that pull a little more on your heartstrings.

MSB-Rochester massage students will be at the upcoming Eagles Cancer Telethon, which will be broadcast live on KTTC Jan. 19-20, 2013.  The students will provide chair massages to participants and spectators for a minimal donation throughout the telethon at the Mayo Civic Center.

Without showing any decline in interest from year to year, the massage therapy program has been participating in the Eagles Cancer Telethon for the past five years. In a continued effort to reinforce why MSB and community involvement are equally important, please come on down and help support this worthy cause!  

Echoing participating students’ on-going sentiment, both past and present, two current massage therapy students sum it up nicely.   

Student Marisa Bite says, “I attended the Wedding Extravaganza, and I have to say, it was one of the best chair events I’ve ever attended. I have never been so busy with a chair gig before. There was a constant line for our free massages. Fortunately, everyone was very patient. At the end of the day, both Linda and I were exhausted and sore, yet we left with a sense of accomplishment. It was a truly rewarding experience.”             

Linda Howton adds, “The Wedding Extravaganza was very busy. We had a steady line of people waiting five to eight people deep practically the entire time.  Everyone there was very appreciative and kind toward us and our efforts. These types of events give us valuable experience and were awesome to be a part of.”

Does learning about massage therapy and community involvement seem like a perfect fit for your lifestyle? Feel free to learn more about having the best of both worlds by contacting our massage therapy program chair at 507-536-9500.


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