Over the years the Massage Therapy program at Pinnacle Career Institute has positioned itself in the community as a program that gives back. Our Massage Therapy students volunteer forty or more hours a year doing chair and table massages. Some of the events we’ve volunteered for include: The Whisper Walk (Ovarian Cancer Awareness), KU Track and Field, UMKC Track and Field, Kansas Relays, The Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), Earth Day, The March for Babies (March of Dimes, Topeka, Kansas City, Lawrence), Bikers for Babies (March of Dimes), Ladies Day Out, MS Walk (Multiple Sclerosis), Art in the Park, Teacher Appreciation Week (Deerfield Elementary, Southwest Middle School, Sunset Hill Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary) and many others.
Our students and staff understand the importance of volunteering. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem in ways that most people don’t realize. Students who volunteer don’t always get instant gratification, but there are few feelings better than that of entering a building or event space and discovering that people are lining up to see you. On June 12, 2015 two Massage Therapy students spent five hours giving chair massages to the participants of “The Relay for Life” at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, KS. These students had clients lined up and were so successful that participants have been frequenting the Massage Clinic regularly. The art of volunteering gives our students the opportunity to learn “on their feet.” They use what they are taught in the classroom and online and apply it to community service. The public gets to relax and enjoy a massage while the students continue to grow as therapists. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.