Scholarships and Promotions!

Are you considering adding Massage Therapy, Foot Reflexology, or Indian Facial Massage to your line of services?

Do you know of someone looking for work that might need some support?

The Giving Touch Massage Therapy School is offering 2 Full-Ride Scholarships for our 500 hour professional massage therapy program: Tibetan massage, Nepali Ayurvedic Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Foot Reflexology.

In-house financing and payment plans available to all other applicants:

$500 deposit and $250 / month for 1 year after completing training

(12 week Fast-Track program, Training stars June 2nd!)

Workforce Investment Act approved Provider

6 week flexible training also available in Foot Reflexology:

Part-time training: Only 10 hours per week

$250 deposit and $250 / month for 8 months after completing training

Training starts weekly!

Included in each student’s total tuition costs:

  • Massage therapy student insurance
  • Student’s textbook
  • Student’s workbook
  • Exam review
  • Twin-size bed-sheet set (1)
  • Hand-towels (2)
  • Massage oil dispenser (1)
  • Massage oil dispenser holster / belt (1)
  • Polo-shirts (2) and yoga pants (1)

By including the above supplies and equipment within each student’s kit the student is able to focus on simply arriving to school with a positive attitude.  Our goal is to provide, “Accessibility and Opportunity through Massage” ©

Colorado School

We have been officially approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board, and are excited to begin operations!

This school is based primarily upon the social-entrepreneurship structure developed over the past 8 years with Himalayan Healers operations in Nepal. Each training will provide access and opportunity to those of the greatest need in the USA, by providing:

  • Flexible payment plans provided in-house (0% interest student loans)
  • 500 hours of certified training in Tibetan massage, Nepali Ayurvedic massage, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, and Foot Reflexology
  • Significantly lower tuition rate than other schools

If you are interested in starting a new career, or need help with transitions in your life, we are eager to connect with you and to support you in your efforts.

Tuition and Fees

The Giving Touch is offering the following discounted tuition and fee schedule for students who are unable to access financial support from governmental and / or community agencies:

Payment Plan 1: $3,000 total tuition (70% scholarship / tuition waiver provided):

  • $3,000 upfront payment
  • Credit cards accepted
  • PayPal “Bill Me Later” services available:
  • 0% interest for first 6 months
  • $0 payments for first 6 months
  • (pending credit approval from PayPal)
  • Books / Supplies / Equipment included

Payment Plan 2: $3,500 total tuition (65% scholarship / tuition waiver provided):

  • $500 deposit
  • $3,000 (to be paid via flexible monthly payment agreement)
  • Books / Supplies / Equipment included

(A sliding scale is available for students who are able to access financial support from governmental and / or community agencies, to be determined on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with the supporting organization).

 Included in each student’s total tuition costs:

  • Massage therapy student insurance: Each student will be enrolled in the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals “Student Membership” package, which includes liability insurance and access to online student resources at the ABMP website.
  • Student’s textbook, which covers every aspect of the standard 500 professional massage therapy training curriculum: “Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 5th edition”, by Mark F. Beck
  • Student’s workbook, with worksheets, assignments, exams, and reviews for each section of instruction: “Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 5th edition”, by Mark F. Beck
  • Exam review, which specifically reviews the above information and prepares students to successfully take the national licensing exams.
  • Twin-size bed-sheet set (1)
  • Hand-towels (2)
  • Massage oil dispenser (1)
  • Massage oil dispenser holster / belt (1)
  • “The Giving Touch, LLC” Massage Therapy School Tee-shirts (2)
  • “The Giving Touch, LLC” Massage Therapy School yoga pants (2)

By including the above supplies and equipment within each student’s kit the student is able to focus on simply arriving to school with a positive attitude.  Our goal is to provide, “Accessibility and Opportunity through Massage” ©

THANK YOU to our supporters!

Thank you to our supporters, all of whom have donated the income from one of their massages in exchange for a Nepali Massage DVD. Your support has significantly assisted us in our successful efforts to open our new massage therapy school in Colorado!! THANK YOU:

FREE NEPALI MASSAGE DVDs FOR ANY SUPPORTERS

Please, help us open our Colorado school: 384… 354 DONATED MASSAGES NEEDED… (WE HAVE RECEIVED 30 ALREADY!! THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!!!)

Raising funds to open The Giving Touch massage therapy school in Colorado:

In exchange for any contribution we will ship a Nepali Massage instructional DVD to you, which also includes 16 official CEU credits upon completion of the exam (NCMTMB provider number: 451644-11)

Massage therapists: Are you in need of Continuing Education Credits, or looking for a new, unique, and powerful massage therapy modality to add to your line of services? Please consider contributing to our efforts to open our massage therapy school in Colorado. We will ship you a free Nepali Massage DVD for any online contributions you make to help us in our efforts.

If you were willing to contribute the equivalent of the income from just 1 of your massages this month you can truly provide meaningful support to our efforts to open The Giving Touch massage therapy school in Colorado.

$60 Donation
$45 Donation
$30 Donation

Why support our efforts? After more than 8 years of volunteer service in Nepal, Rob is returning to America to open up The Giving Touch massage therapy school in Colorado, with a focus upon providing training and job placement assistance to Americans of need.  In particular, The Giving Touch will focus upon providing assistance to military Veterans living in America, as well as to unemployed and homeless Americans who simply need a hand up.

This school is based primarily upon the social-entrepreneurship structure developed over the past 8 years with Himalayan Healers operations in Nepal. Each training will provide access and opportunity to those of the greatest need in the USA, by providing:

  • 0% interest student loan (provided in-house)
  • 500 hours of certified training
  • significantly lower tuition rate than other schools

Over the past 8 years Rob Buckley has worked on a volunteer basis as the Founder, Director, Volunteer (and primary Funder) of the Himalayan Healers massage therapy school in Nepal… the only school in the world that trains “Untouchables” in massage therapy.  By providing 500 hours of professional massage therapy training to “Untouchables” – as well as to others who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and abuse – the Himalayan Healers massage therapy school has facilitated the emotional healing and growth of many Nepali people of profound need, while at the same time providing them with gainful employment and a new career in the spa industry.

By helping us to open The Giving Touch you will be directly supporting our efforts to help Americans of need.

PLEASE, CONSIDER CONTRIBUTING THE INCOME FROM 1 OF YOUR MASSAGES THIS MONTH IN EXCHANGE FOR A FREE NEPALI MASSAGE DVD.

Budgeting Goals:

  • School application and registration fees: $2,500
  • Legal fees: $500
  • School overhead: 6 month’s rent: $6,000
  • Equipment and supplies: $5,000 (bed-sheets, instructional books, instructional DVDs, TV, DVD player, computer, printer, desks, sofas, chairs, plants, decorations, music, carpeting, signboard, business cards, etc.)
  • Personal overhead: $9,000 (food for family, 6 month’s apartment rent)

Total: 384 donated massages ($23,000 total cost divided by average $60 per massage)

Once operational we have set a minimum goal of providing training and job placement assistance to at least 20 Americans of need every year. By helping us to open The Giving Touch massage therapy school in Colorado you will be supporting our efforts to help military Veterans, the unemployed, and the homeless in America, for many years to come. YOUR SUPPORT IS TRULY APPRECIATED.

Thank you to our supporters, all of whom have donated the income from one of their massages in exchange for a Nepali Massage DVD:

“The Giving Touch”

“The Giving Touch” is a platform to provide opportunity and access to those of the greatest need within the community, via Massage Therapy. 2013 Goals / Operations:

  • Raise the funds needed to build the Himalayan Healer’s Massage Therapy School in Nepal
  • Help facilitate job placements at spas outside of Nepal for “Himalayan Healers of Nepal” staff and graduates
  • Arranging logistics and providing training for international students who wish to visit Nepal
  • Opening “The Giving Touch” Massage Therapy School in Colorado to assist Americans of need

Built upon the growths, challenges, lessons, and successes of the past 8 years of building and running the Himalayan Healers project in Nepal, “The Giving Touch” is the next step in this journey. If you are interested in learning more about Himalayan Healer’s history, please click here for a brief overview.

History of the “Himalayan Healers” project

The Himalayan Healers project is the only massage therapy school in the world that was designed specifically to provide professional massage therapy training to those who are considered “Untouchable” in India and Nepal. This vision soon expanded to include training for any and all of need, particularly those who experienced some form of trauma (be it human trafficking, domestic abuse, or generational trauma in a variety of forms). By providing 500 hours of professional massage therapy training to our students they were able to free themselves from their emotional pain and scars, to regain a healthy sense of touch, and to move forward as powerful, positive, confident individuals in the world. Over 8 years more than 150 Nepalis of profound need were trained and employed, dramatically changing their lives – and the lives of those around them – for the better.

As both Founder and primary Funder of the project, Rob Buckley worked for 8 years to build the Himalayan Healers platform. He also worked on an entirely volunteer basis. In late 2012 it was time to pass the torch, and the Himalayan Healers platform was handed over to local management and direction, with 8 spa boutiques and a training center for the local team to manage as “Himalayan Healers of Nepal”. We truly wish them the greatest success in their ongoing efforts.

Numerous media links and successes were achieved in the past 8 years, including:

Massage School in Nepal

One of the primary goals of The Giving Touch platform is to continue to raise awareness and funds for the effort to build the Himalayan Healers massage therapy school in Nepal. Despite significant social success in Nepal over the past 8 years, the financial success required to build a massage school has yet to manifest. The Himalayan Healers organization in USA will continue to promote and support these efforts. A further support will be direct contributions from The Giving Touch massage school in Colorado.

The vision for the massage school is simple:

1. Rather than wasting funds on the purchase of incredibly expensive land in Nepal (which also brings with it the question of ownership) a 20 year local lease will be requested from local Nepali communities, with a target of Manang as the likely location. In exchange for building a massage school and community center we will request that we are able to operate massage therapy trainings rent free for 20 years, at which point the land and building will be handed over to the local community or school for oversight and implementation.

2. This greatly reduces the initial expenses required to achieve our goal, and is also more of a true community benefit.

3. The building itself will have a simple design that allows for multiple uses and functions. Suggested combined uses include: mini-library, tutoring center, health clinic, community hall, and of course, massage training center. A needs-resources analysis will be conducted prior to construction to ensure community interest and benefit are maximized.

4. Projected expenses will be listed as they develop and evolve, and updates will be posted and shared as the above process moves forward. Several local volunteers have been identified as possible links between local operations and the West. More soon on all of the above!

Job Placements

Another primary goal of the Giving Touch platform and it’s efforts to help facilitate job placement for Himalayan Healers of Nepal graduates, students, and staff. Over the past 8 years we have declined far more opportunities than we have accepted, with a primary focus upon arranging safe employment outside of Nepal. Four Seasons Resorts has worked with us on numerous occasions, and we hope to build upon and expand on those links and opportunities.

Both customized as well as standard training protocols can be developed as per the employers needs, while qualified, ambitious, positive Nepalis of need can be recruited to provide extremely skilled and loyal staff. Please contact us to share any ideas or queries you may have – We look forward to working with you.

 

International Student Training

Logistics, training standards, and job placement assistance are all available via the Giving Touch platform. We are currently organizing a 2 month training experience in Nepal for June / July of 2013. These training experiences are:

  • All-inclusive of room and board
  • Based upon homestay experiences with local Nepali families, providing a truly authentic and cultural experience
  • Primarily hands-on and practical

Further details will be provided and updated as they evolve. If you are interested in learning more please let us know – we look forward to supporting you!