It’s been almost a year-long journey, but the free massage clinic at the East Madison Community Center (EMCC) will open it’s doors to the public for the first time on Monday, June 18th. The clinic will be run by Globe University massage therapy students, alumni, and faculty.
What started as a service learning project for the Business of Massage class last year has grown into a reality. The class had envisioned a free clinic to bring massage to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it. They created a business proposal and presented it to Executive Director Tom Moen of the East Madison Community Center last September. Since then, marketing materials have been created and through the efforts of a massage-a-thon, students collected over $500 to purchase supplies for the free clinic.
“This clinic is a prime example of why I decided to attend Globe,” said student Brett Kammerer who was in the original Business of Massage class that created the free massage clinic proposal. “The school’s involvement in the community serves as a great launching pad for projects like this. I can not wait to see not only this project grow, but also the community around it.”
And grow it will. Word is spreading quickly about the free massage clinic and on June 18th there is sure to a full schedule of clients.
“EMCC is incredibly grateful to the Globe University Massage Therapy program for providing residents of the Truax community with free massages,” said Alison Ahlgrim, Assistant Director at the East Madison Community Center. “The residents of this community are very stressed and are dealing with complicated life challenges with no resources to relax and unwind. Free massages will be a great asset for community members in need of a break from reality.”
The East Madison Community Center (EMCC) provides social, educational, recreational, and cultural programming for the east side community with a small paid staff and support of hundreds of volunteers.