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CCTC to relaunch massage therapy

Huntington massage therapist to helm program

GETAWAY — Collins Career Technical Center is set to relaunch its massage therapy program this month, and the man heading it has several years of teaching and working in the filed.

Scott Corso is the owner of Medical Massage of Huntington and is a licensed massage therapist and orthopedic massage professional.

He has been tapped to head the program at Collins, when classes resume on Aug. 21.

“They used to have a program,” he said, noting that the relaunch will offer a one-year program with 10 weeks of summer studies.

“After graduation, they will be able to sit for state board exams and national exams,” he said.

Michael Gleichauf, program assistant for CCTC, said Corso will serve as the main instructor for the school.

“We will also have several guest instructors who come in, but he’ll be over everything.” she said.

Corso, whose business is located on Fifth Avenue on the second floor of the Huntington Physical Therapy building, said he has been practicing as a massage therapist for six years and teaching for five years.

He comes to college after being an instructor at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington.

He said graduates of the CCTC program will be certified in massage therapy after they m pass the NCBTMB or MBLEX exams.

He says his business employs a staff of six, both male and female, and focuses on both rehabilitative and relaxation techniques.

“We treat everyone here,” he said.

He said clients can range from younger patients with special needs, those with sports injuries or the elderly.

In addition to on-site massage work, he said his staff also instructs patients on exercises and stretches they can do at home.

“You name it, we see it,” he said.

He said 90 percent of his business on Fifth Avenue is rehabilitative, but he also owns a relaxation business, Ready, Sit, Relax, located at Studio 8 Yoga and Wellness in Huntington.

“I love my work,” he said. “When I graduated, I thought I would be more prone to a spa atmosphere, but that changed to work with people in rehab.”

Corso said the class at CCTC will be a small, hands-on course. Anyone interested in enrolling can contact Angie Weaver at the school for more information at 740-867-6641 Ext. 419.