Minnesota House Democrats want to trim the state’s contribution to a Mayo Clinic expansion proposal by about $200 million from an original request of about $500 million from the Rochester healthcare giant.
Under the revised proposal released Monday as part of a larger House tax bill, about $300 million from Minnesota taxpayers would go toward building public infrastructure to support Mayo’s planned $3.5 billion expansion of its Rochester campus. Mayo officials predict it will generate an additional $2 billion in private investment.
Taxpayers in Rochester and surrounding Olmsted County would be responsible for more than double the total cost compared what was proposed originally. Elected officials would be able to choose from a menu of tax increases on lodging, food and beverage, entertainment and recreation facilities, transit, and vehicle wheelage to help pay a local share of at least $128 million and as much as $247 million.
The Massage Therapy program at Northland Community & Technical College’s Thief River Falls campus will hold their spring Massage Therapy Clinic for the general public March 18-May 10.
As part of their training, students will offer full body massages to patrons in the community. The Massage Therapy Clinic will be held in room #653 at Northland’s Thief River Falls campus. Massage times are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the Massage Therapy Clinic at (218) 683-8734.
Prices are $21.38 for the general public or $10.69 for Northland students. Tax is included. Tax will be waived if a doctor’s note recommending massage is presented.
Patrons will be able to choose from these forms of massage: Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone Massage or a Reflexology session on the feet.
Massage Therapy instructor Tishara Melcher believes that the student clinic experience serves as a valuable learning tool for aspiring massage therapists. “Students inevitably encounter situations in this setting that will prepare them for the real world of massage, and experiencing them under the supervision of knowledgeable instructors empowers students and helps them to gain confidence in their skills,” Melcher explains.
For those who have never indulged in a therapeutic massage, she offers some pointers for receiving a massage.
• Arrive for your first appointment at least five minutes early. This allows you time to fill out a brief medical history form and get acquainted with your student therapist in an unrushed manner.
• Although you will be asked to undress in the privacy of a treatment cubicle, you will always be covered with a sheet or blanket throughout your massage. For those who are uncomfortable getting undressed for their massage, she recommends that you simply inform your therapist, and they will make accommodations for you.
• During your massage, do not feel obligated to make conversation with your therapist. This is your time to relax, and students are trained to minimize conversation with clients.
• If, during your massage, the pressure is too deep or is too light, don’t be bashful about telling your therapist so. The pressure applied during a massage should be comfortable, but not painful.
• Following your massage, your therapist will suggest that you drink extra water. During your massage treatment, toxins are released from tight muscles, and drinking additional water helps your body eliminate them from your system.
For more information about the Massage Therapy program at Northland, contact the admissions office at the college by calling (218) 681- 0854, or toll free (800) 959-6282. You can also visit their website at www.northlandcollege.edu.
Northland Community and Technical College (Northland College .edu) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. Northland also has a separate aerospace campus in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Visit Northland online at www.northlandcollege.edu. Northland is an equal opportunity educator and employer.