Students in Spartanburg Community College's Therapeutic Massage Program are getting hands-on experience in sports massage while providing athletes from other colleges with the beneficial effects that massage therapy has on muscles and overall athletic performance.
SCC recently partnered with Wofford College to provide an opportunity for students to receive real-world training. SCC’s massage program offers massage clinics during spring semester that are open to the community and focus on traditional relaxation massage, known as Swedish Massage, while also practicing deep-tissue myofascial massage, reflexology and stretching. Now, students can also practice sports massage techniques on student athletes. "The partnership between Wofford Athletics and SCC’s Therapeutic Massage Program provides a win-win situation for both colleges. The athletes receive the benefits of massage therapy and SCC students gain the clinical experience of working with high caliber NCAA Division I athletes,” said Will Schilling, SCC massage instructor.
This spring SCC students provided massages to athletes after Wofford football scrimmages and attended the Wofford College sponsored Terrier Relays track-and-field event at Spartanburg High School, which hosted 14 NCAA track and field teams. Nine SCC students gave approximately 100 massages to athletes participating at the event. One of athletes, Joanna Gesuelle, middle-distance runner from Belmont Abbey College women's track and field, said she believed it would help shorten her recovery time. Another Belmont Abby student, freshman sprinter John Lee, had a pulled hamstring. "I came to the massage tables looking for help with the strain. It definitely feels better after the massage,” said Lee.
Wofford College’s Head Athletic Trainer, Will Christman, said, “Our students were surprised to know they received massages from SCC students. They were very professional, and I’ve received nothing but positive feedback. We will definitely continue to find other opportunities to have them back.”
SCC student, Jolene Blazejewski, who began the Massage Therapy Program last fall, recalled how athletes came to the massage tents with a strain or sore muscle and then after the massage reported they felt relieved of the pain. “It’s one thing to learn about massage in the classroom, but it’s something entirely different to take what we’ve been taught, put it into practice and then actually see the results. I’ve learned so much from these clinics that I couldn’t have otherwise,” said Blazejewski.
Individuals interested in SCC’s Therapeutic Massage Program should contact SCC Department Chair, Ellen Romani, at (864) 592-4866 or email email@example.com.
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Each week SCC hosts “Discover SCC” information sessions, which are great opportunities for anyone interested in attending college to learn about and experience SCC first-hand. The sessions are held each Thursday through August 11 at 5:30 pm on the central campus in Spartanburg and are free and open to students, parents, career seekers interested in SCC’s academic programs and student services.
Discover SCC attendees will have a chance to …
• Learn about SCC’s more than 100 certificates, diplomas and associate degree programs, which lead to immediate, rewarding employment in high-growth, high-demand fields
• Tour our state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms
• Talk to current students about their SCC experience
• Talk with faculty and staff about the many student support services that help students make the most of their educational experience
• Learn about financial aid, scholarships, Lottery Tuition Assistance & more
• Find out why 91% of our graduates find employment and/or transfer to universities
• Apply to the College and for financial aid
Each weekly information session focuses on a program of study and related career opportunities as follows-
• July 21 – Online Programs & WIB Scholarships
• July 28 – General Overview Session
• August 4 – Health Sciences: General Overview
• August 11 – General Session/On-site Registration for Fall Classes
For more information about Discover SCC, contact Carolyn O’Lenic at (864) 592-4277, firstname.lastname@example.org or register on-line at www.sccsc.edu/open.
Registration for fall classes that begin on August 17 is going on now. Individuals interested in applying to the College can contact the SCC Admissions Center at (864) 592-4800 or toll free (866) 591-3700 or apply online at www.sccsc.edu. For a complete listing of fall class schedule offerings, visit www.sccsc.edu/academics/search.aspx.