EPCC massage-a-thon raised funds for program in October

October 18, 2016

 The Massage-a-thon took place on Oct. 15 over at Rio Grande campus.

 

 

Daisy Holguin recieving back massage by Physical Therapist Assistant Senior Student Jesse Madrid.

 

 

Students that have already been trained provided the massages for clients.

 

The Student Physical Therapist Assistant Club host the event twice a semester as a fundraiser.

 

The cost for a massage ranges from $10 to $25.


They want to raise money in order to improve their program a portion of that money will be destined to their graduation dinner.   


“Every year our Texas Physical Therapy Association has a conference in a city of Texas, this year it is in Forth Worth, we have twelve out of my fourteen students attending with me, so the money for hotel rooms, registration, this year is up to $11,000.


 The Massage-a-thon is one of our biggest fundraising-money events,” said Michelle H. Biernacki, Assistant Professor from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the HSC Building in EPCC Rio Grande.


She mentioned that is important for students who study Physical Therapy to assist these conferences to continue education.


“The SPTA club raises a lot of money on their own, also we get some help from student government," added Biernacki. 


"They have been very, very generous at helping us. The students have raised $11,000 themselves towards this trip to Fort Worth. In this conference, students take courses to obtain knowledge toward their profession when they graduate. It also prepares them for their licensing board exam."


This type of event promotes an excellent way to spend a weekend free of preoccupations and relaxing massages offered by the students of Physical Therapy.


 Clients who are interested can make an appointment at the nursing clinic every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


“They´re not massage therapists, I want to clarify that. Physical therapy provides massage. In this fundraiser we´re doing massages in 15 minute increments up to one hour for the patients for general comfort," said Biernacki.  
"But we´re not massagers, the college has a massage therapy program.We´re going to license physical therapist assistants which is much more, more than just massage. So, when the clients make an appointment, they walk in on the day of the event the students take them into one of the rooms behind the curtain. They (the students) focus on problem areas that the client decides on."

 

For example, said Biernacki, there are massages available for the neck.

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