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Lakewood School and McLaren Port Huron team up to offer hospital-based massage therapy course

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Port Huron, MI -- Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage is offering a course in hospital-based massage with a clinical affiliation with McLaren Port Huron. This course will help current massage therapists expand their knowledge of massage therapy specifically focused on working with clients in a hospital or other medical setting.

The birth of the new course offered by Lakewood School addresses the increasing number of individuals who now look to massage therapy for relaxation and relief of anxiety while dealing with a variety of medical conditions.

“Lakewood and McLaren Port Huron began discussing the agreement as a result of data that strongly supports evidence-based healing therapies for hospitalized patients and an increase in the number of individuals who now look to massage therapy for relaxation and relief of pain and anxiety while dealing with a variety of medical conditions,” says Tom DeFauw, president and CEO of McLaren Port Huron. “While complementary services, including massage therapy, are not new to McLaren Port Huron, we are excited to enhance our continuum of massage therapy care already available to patients.”

According to the most recent annual report by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 43 percent of people who received a massage in 2013 did so for medical reasons. The number is believed to be attributed by the fact that 53 percent of physicians who also took part in AMTA research reported that they proactively recommend massage therapy as a complementary treatment.

The 72-hour hospital-based massage course begins June 17 and ends August 12. Class size will be limited. Applicants to this course need not be Lakewood graduates, but must be a graduate of a 500-hour massage therapy program.
“Lakewood School is pleased to be entering this partnership with Port Huron Hospital to promote healing and relaxation for members of our community in the midst of medical treatment,” says Nancy Levitt, RN, BSN, Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage.

“This newly formed relationship is one that benefits the community two-fold. As a leader in healing and our community’s partner in health, we hope our patients will benefit from a service designed to promote an environment of relaxation, by reducing tension and easing pain. In addition, it offers massage therapy students an opportunity to prepare for a massage therapy role in a clinical setting,” says DeFauw. 

Details about the hospital-based massage course, student requirements, and the application process can contact Lakewood School at 810-987-3959. More information is available at