The Giving Touch

The Giving Touch massage therapy school is a social-entrepreneurship based upon the principle of “Accessibility and Opportunity through Massage” ©

Our empahasis is upon providing training and job placement assistance to Americans of need, including:

  • Single mothers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Visually impaired
  • Paraplegic (yes! it IS possible!)
  • Veterans
  • Homeless
  • Others of need

We are passionate in our belief that massage therapy is more than just relaxing in a spa, it can be a transformative experience for the student, the practitioner, and the recipient.

Training in massage therapy via our 12 week Fast-Track program, our students are provided a sense of hope for the future, and are able to join a growing global profession that provides flexible work schedule, mobility, and employment that only requires a GED and a kind, committed heart.

With a market-based approach, we emphasize creating an environment in which our students know that they are welcome, respected, valued, and belong. Each student naturally moves through significant personal growth as they train in massage therapy every day.

They also learn to recognize that they are able to join a profession that helps others to feel better, be it via therapeutic massage techniques, stress-release, or the simple focus of positive intention and caring touch.

What’s unique about our approach and our structure?

Based upon 8 years of success running similar trainings in Kathmandu, Nepal, via the Himalayan Healers project (the ONLY project on the planet that provided massage therapy training and job placement to “Untouchables”, as well as victims of trauma and violence), The Giving Touch massage therapy school has a similar ethos and structure:

  • Social-entrepreneurship approach that is as cost-effective, accountable, and market-based as possible
  • Financial opportunity and accessibility for our students
  • Fast-Track 12 week training that allows our students to train intensively; develop foundational massage therapy skills; and join the workforce as soon as possible (to begin earning money, paying bills, feeding children, and becoming a contributing member of society)

For every student sponsored in America – either via corporate sponsorships or individual contributions – each sponsored student will provide pro bono massage therapy services within our student clinic to those same supporters. (This is a way to foster a sense of pride and contribution, rather than dependency and another hand-out; it provides value for the exchange of support)

If your corporation would be willing to sponsor 1 American student of need, you will be provided 100 Gift Certificates for massage therapy services from that same student.

Additionally, for every student in America that receives sponsorship, 1 more student of need will be provided training and job placement in Kathmandu, Nepal, via the Himalayan Healers project.

In America, each sponsored student also receives:

  • 3 textbooks
  • workbook
  • study guide for national licensing exam
  • instructional CD
  • instructional DVD
  • 1 year’s personal liability insurance
  • $500 seed money to assist in their transition after completion of training.

Your support results in:

  • The provision of training, job placement assistance, and HOPE to an American of need
  • The provision of training, job placement assistance, and HOPE to a Nepali of need
  • 100 Gift Certificates for massage therapy services at our student clinic for you

Together, we are Giving Touch…

Payment Options & Financial Aid

* We are a Workforce Investment Act approved Provider *

Option “A”: Upfront payment via PayPal “Bill Me Later” option online or via Credit Card payment online: Total training cost = $2,350:

  • Apply for credit approval online
  • If approved, pay $2,500 total online
  • 0% interest and 0 payments for first 6 months
  • After that must make monthly payments to PayPal
  • Best is to pay off the $2,350 within the first 6 months
  • Complete by May 10th, 2015

  • OR:
  • Pay via Credit Card

Option “B”: Gift Certificate Sales / Self-Pay: Total training cost = $2,850:

  • $500 deposit due by May 10th, 2015
  • Must either sell $2,350 in Gift Certificates
  • Or, pay the difference between total Gift Certificates sold and remaining balance due
  • Begins May 10th, 2015
  • Total balance due by August 25th, 2015

Option “C”: Monthly payment plan: Total training cost = $3,500:

  • $200 per month for 17.5 months, 0% interest ($3,500 total paid)
  • Automatic withdrawal from account via PayPal online
  • Begins May 10th, 2015
  • Monthly payments for 17.5 months

Option “D”: Monthly payment plan: Total training cost = $4,000:

  • $50 per month for 80 months, 0% interest ($3,500 total paid)
  • Automatic withdrawal from account via PayPal online
  • Begins May 10th, 2015
  • Monthly payments for 80 months

“Giving Touch” Members

Massage therapy is at core about “giving”, and massage therapists are on average some of the most truly giving people on the planet. We give of our hearts and our hands every single day.

With this understanding in heart and in mind, we are seeking to provide Full-Ride Scholarships to students of need to attend our massage therapy school.

We have already provided 5 Full-Ride Scholarships to students of need to attend The Giving Touch massage therapy school.

Our minimum goal is to provide 10 or more Full-Ride Scholarships each year, to those of the greatest need:

  • homeless
  • hearing impaired
  • visually impaired
  • paraplegic
  • single mothers
  • victims of domestic violence, and
  • veterans

If you resonate with our organization’s efforts and mission to provide “Accessibility and Opportunity through Massage” (c) we ask that you consider joining us as a Member of “The Giving Touch” and commit to donating the income from 1 massage via our FundSpot fundraising campaign. As part of this campaign we ask that you recruit 10 or more of your massage colleagues, challenging each other to donate the income from at least 1 massage:

  • By donating $60 or more as a member of “The Giving Touch” you will directly support an American of need.
  • If you are able to recruit at least 10 other massage colleagues you will collectively raise at least $600 in support of 1 American student in need.
  • If you each donate the income from 6 massages you will raise enough funds to entirely sponsor 1 American student of need.
  • Additionally, you will be supporting another student of need in Nepal, providing them with a Full-Ride Scholarship to receive the same 500 hours of professional massage therapy training in Nepal.
  • Both students will be provided access and opportunity to gain a new livelihood and start a new life.

This is where the “Giving Touch” becomes the most evident: By giving a massage to your client, and by passing on the abundance from those efforts, you will be providing a scholarship to an American of need as well as another student of need in Nepal.

A simple gesture of passing on the partial income from 6 massages can have a truly profound impact throughout the world. 

If you feel drawn to give, you can use the following FundSpot link to become an active Member and to challenge your friends to also become Members.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more, please contact us, we look forward to connecting and sharing with you.

Please consider becoming a member and passing along the “Giving Touch”

Contact Us

THANK YOU for your interest in our work The Giving Touch! We look forward to hearing from you, connecting with you, and learning from you. Please contact us directly at:

970-640-7682

rob@himalayanhealers.org

Thank you!