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Massage Info Night Unites Graduates with Incoming Students

Admissions Staff - Deb CascioLast night's Massage Therapy Information Night highlighted a visit from our alumnus, Peg Ortega. Peg treated the guests to an interactive demonstration of several massage techniques used by therapists. Each guest followed Peg's lead and performed the techniques on their own arms. This was a great way for future students to experience the sensations and benefits of just a few of the techniques they will be learning in the future.

Another alumnus, Matt Clemente, took our guests on a tour to see one of our 30 cadavers. Since we teach our anatomy and physiology on cadavers, it's important for future students to have that initial experience. Looking at a muscle on a human being as opposed to a textbook gives our students an advantage like no other. This is just one of the reasons our graduates excel when taking their National Board exams and are sought after therapists. 

Using the cadaver, Matt pointed out how successful massage can be in treating afflictions such as carpel tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulders. By trying a less intrusive option, some clients realize relief and can avoid surgery.

Dr. Randy Swenson, vice president for academic services, finished the evening with an overview of the curriculum. He pointed out the importance of learning anatomy as a foundation, a variety of techniques to make a well-rounded therapist, and the business elements National includes in its program to produce a confident professional.

It was a great event! The next scheduled Information Night is July 16th. Reservations are accepted online or by calling 630-889-6566.

The National Advantage in Massage Therapy

In the video below, Dr. Randy Swenson, dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health Sciences, explains the many advantages of National University's massage therapy educational programs. Few programs offer advantages like our cadaver-based anatomy lab, our on-campus integrative medical clinic, or our exceptional pass rate on national board exams.


Dr. Swenson holds a DC degree from NUHS as well as a Master of Health Professions Education degree from University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently serving as Chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

Recap of Massage Therapy Information Night

If you missed last week's Information Night, you missed a great event with featured speakers Dr. Randy Swenson, our Dean, and Massage Envy owner, Jan Gentner!

The hit of the night, as usual, was our cadaver demonstration. Because our students spend a good deal of time studying anatomy on cadavers, it's important for them to get to view a body and hear about how instrumental this learning tool will be in their future studies.

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Our alumnus, Matt Clement, gives a guided tour of the body as he shares the highlights of his experience as a student and as a professional massage therapist--and Matt's got some great stories! We invited our guests to put on some gloves and touch the human body (if they dare) and we had a few takers. Each person that donates a body to science is offering the ultimate gift to medical and health students and we are most grateful and respectful of that gift. This type of experience in a massage school is quite unique.

We also visited Dr. Ed Bifulco's palpation class where his students were poking and prodding the knee area to learn how to detect abnormal pathologies. This is a class that is not teaching any kind of massage technique but is one of the foundation courses that make our students well prepared to detect areas of concern in the body.

I can guarantee you will be well prepared for your board exam and your career if you decide to choose National for your formal education. Give me a call (1-800-826-6285) or email me if you'd like to visit or just chat. Personal tours are offered every week day.

- Deb