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Seats for Fall Semester open in RLC Therapeutic Massage program

INA, Ill. (Aug. 12, 2014) – With one week to go before classes begin, students can still register for the Therapeutic Massage program at Rend Lake College. After a successful Open House last week, the program has limited seats available for the fall semester.

Mike Adamson, Therapeutic Massage Professor, said he’s looking to have a full class this year after a number of students were recruited during the Open House.

“At the Open House, there were many students who came by and expressed interest in the program and what Rend Lake College has to offer,” said Adamson. “We had students from all over Southern Illinois, even some high school kids who are interested for future years. I’m looking forward to this year in our new training facility.”

MassageTherapyGrads14 wLast fall, these RLC Therapeutic Massage graduates were the first to study and perform clinical work in the new laboratory and training facility on the Ina campus. Adamson said he's looking forward to another full class this year. Pictured is, FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT, Sarah Forby (Goreville), Misty Webster (Thompsonville), add Denys Minor (Benton); BACK ROW, FROM LEFT, Andrea Kinder (Nashville), Veronica Gay (Dahlgren), Kelsey Bowman (McLeansboro), Instructor Michael Adamson, Michelle Grant (Herrin), Jennifer Devoy (McLeansboro), and Kirsten Knapp (Pinckneyville). Click on the image for a larger view.

The program moved into a new laboratory space last fall, complete with state-of-the-art massage tables and chairs, educational resources, and other equipment to help students with clinical work. The lab and training facility is located in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 200, on the Ina campus.

During the year-long program, students prepare for careers in massage and bodywork used to facilitate relaxation, health improvement, pain relief and more. Areas of study include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and business practices, as well as massage techniques for relaxation and conditions with orthopedic and sports massage. After completion, students are qualified to take the national exam. Graduates can work in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, beauty salons, private practice, and sports clinics.

Adamson said, though classes begin Aug. 18, students can still register through the first week of class, which ends Aug. 22. For more information, or to register, contact Mike Adamson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1274; 618-231-1716; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .