OTTUMWA — Students in the massage therapy program at Indian Hills Community College are almost ready to graduate. They just need a little help from the community to complete their requirements.
The 14 students in the program each need to clock 200 hours of full-body massage in order to fulfill the graduation requirements. To help meet this need, and improve the wellness of the community, the program’s Massage Oasis is offering $10 full-body massages to first-time clients.
“We specialize in Swedish massage in our clinicals, but the students get a taste of everything,” instructor Wade Schelker said. “Then they can go through continuing education to grow in their knowledge of their specific areas.”
The Oasis has eight rooms available for massages, and each session is tailored to the client. They have learned Swedish massage, sports massage, stretching and many other techniques, so they are able to focus on many different physical needs.
“There is a series for each part of the body,” student Mary Beltz explained. “It all depends on the needs of the client.”
This close to the end of their time in the program, the students are relaxed and comfortable with those series and procedures.
“I have a set routine, but it’s a flow,” Brittanie Kochheiser said. “I don’t even think about it anymore, I just do it.”
Being able to assist students in meeting their goals and improve the health and wellness of the Ottumwa area is an important part of the college’s mission.
“It’s really a win-win situation,” said Caroline Peyrone, the massage therapy program director. “You can help our students obtain clinical experience and feel great. We encourage you to make your busy body a relaxed body.”
Call the Massage Oasis at 641-683-5746 to schedule an appointment for a discounted massage. The Oasis is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.