Student Clinic FAQs

The Therapeutic Massage Curriculum

will prepare you to work in direct client care settings. You will learn to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction, and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan.

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Student Clinic FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Student Clinic

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Q. What is Therapeutic Massage?

Many people think of massage as just a personal treat; however, massage is now recognized as a comprehensive form of wellness. There are many benefits to Therapeutic Massage, it can: relieve pain, help manage stress, promote better sleep, improve concentration, assist in releasing chronic muscular tension and pain, and reduce anxiety. Basically, Therapeutic Massage can create an overall sense of wellbeing! Plus, massage also relieves our bodies from toxins that we eat, drink or breathe that may not be healthy for us; therefore, we ask our clients to drink plenty of water before and after the massage to flush those toxins from the body.

Q. What can I expect when I participate in the Gaston College Therapeutic Massage Clinic?

First, we ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fi ll out intake and consent forms before your massage. Your student therapist will review your forms with you to ensure the safety of your massage, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding your massage session. Please discuss your health history information to your assigned student! This information is necessary and may have an impact on your massage. A licensed massage therapist instructor is in the clinic at all times. Cell phones or any electronic devices are not allowed in the Therapeutic Massage lab. Please refrain from wearing perfume or colognes in the clinic as some clients and student massage therapists may have allergies.

Q. Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from receiving a massage?

Yes, that is why it is imperative that you fill out the intake form and communicate with your student therapist regarding your general health. It is very important that you inform the therapist of any medications you are taking and if you are having any health problems at that time. If you are under a doctor’s care, we will need a written recommendation from your doctor. We accept clients ages 18 and up.

Q. What do I have to wear to get a massage?

We suggest you wear comfortable clothing. Please leave your valuables at home. Since we need access to your body tissue in order to perform the massage, you will be asked to disrobe down to your underpants. You will be completely draped while receiving your massage with the exception of the area being massaged. Draping is required per North Carolina State Law. Curtain dividers are provided in the lab for privacy to our clients while allowing our therapeutic massage faculty to observe and evaluate the student.

The student therapist will leave the area to wash his/her hands while you prepare for your massage. Please make yourself comfortable on the table and cover yourself with the clean sheet & blanket provided. Once the student returns they will ask permission to enter into the curtained area.

Q. What should I do during the massage?

Just make yourself comfortable and feel free to ask any question regarding the massage. We do encourage a quiet environment as other clients in the clinic are receiving massages. Please refrain from participating in an on-going conversation with your student therapist. Relax, listen to the soothing music and enjoy your massage.

Q. What parts of my body will be massaged?

Since you will be receiving a “full body” Swedish Massage, a typical one-hour session will include massaging your back, legs, feet, abdominal area, arms, hands, shoulders, neck, face and head. This is necessary for the student to earn his/her required massage hours for graduation, and to obtain a Massage License. You will never be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female). We do ask that our clients respect our efforts to keep the “client-therapist” relationship professional. The college has a zero tolerance regarding any real or implied sexual advances between clients, student, and/or faculty and staff.

Q. What will the massage or bodywork feel like?

This should be a relaxing experience; however, if you experience any pain or discomfort or if the pressure is uncomfortable, please inform your student therapist immediately. If you are cold, please tell your student therapist and he/she will be glad to add another blanket to ensure you are warm and comfortable. Since this is a learning experience for our students, please do not hesitate to inform your student therapist if something does not feel right. After the massage most people feel very relaxed. Some are relieved from their aches and pains caused from tension or repetitive activity. After a period of feeling slowed down, some people experience an increase in energy and great productivity which can last for days. Clients are asked to fill out a student evaluation after their massage to provide written feedback that may help the student learn and improve.

Q. How much will this cost me?

The Gaston College Therapeutic Massage Student Clinic provides this community service at a reasonable cost. A one-hour Swedish Massage for the General Public is $25, Senior Citizens (65+), Gaston College faculty and staff is $20, and for Gaston College students it is $15. Cash, checks or money orders are accepted; payable to Gaston College Therapeutic Massage. Gift certificates are available for purchase in the David Belk Cannon Health Education Building, Room 247. Payment is due upon arrival.

Q. How do I get signed up for a massage?

You may make your appointment by telephone. Scheduling in advance is highly recommended and is the best way to guarantee a reserved appointment. This clinic is held in the David Belk Cannon Health Education Institute Building (DBC) on the Dallas Campus, Room 190/193. Please try to avoid canceling an appointment if at all possible. When a client fails to show-up for an appointment without notification, a student loses out on a valuable training opportunity and also loses their assigned clinical hour. If this occurs, the client will no longer be able to make an appointment unless they pay for the service in advance. If you would like to be added to our Student Massage Clinic mailing list, please make sure you fill out a “Client Card” before leaving the facility. You will then receive information on our upcoming clinics.