Massage Therapy Clinic

If you’re looking for affordable massage therapy in Erie, PA, why not try the student clinic at Great Lakes. You get an affordable massage and it also gives our students the opportunity to practice their massage skills near the end of their education. Our students typically go on to work in area spas and massage clinics, which means if you’ve recently visited a spa or chiropractor you may have received therapy from one of our graduates.

If you’re interested in learning more about our 9-month Massage Therapist program, click here.

For any questions, email or call us to schedule an appointment at (814) 209-8256 ext. 230.

Hours and Cost

Student therapist hours change often due to the number of students currently enrolled in the program and where they are in their education. Below are our current hours, but are subject to change.

Student Therapist hours

Monday – Thursday – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost – $35 for a 50-minute massage

Types of Massage Offered

  • Relaxation Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage

Upcoming Event: Myofascial Release Massage – Upper Body

Continuing Education Workshop at Great Lakes Institute of Technology

July 19, 20, 21st – $420

RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT EACH – for groups of three or more therapists who register at the same time.

This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. This offer does not apply to the Introduction to the Myofascial Release Massage seminar.

Register online in advance for this meeting.

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In conjunction with Howard Rontal.

We know that the body holds tension and repressed emotion. Many of us, however, do not know what specific tissues are responsible for this occurrence.

In this workshop you will learn to identify, manipulate, and release myofascial tissue that holds chronic, painful, and exhausting stress and tension.

By the end of the workshop you will know how to release this unwanted stress in the chest, neck, shoulders, hands, back and waist, in other words, over the whole upper body.

In addition, you will gain an understanding of the relationship between posture and emotional attitudes and how constricted myofascial tissue leads to creating and reinforcing emotional negativity.

The strokes will be taught in sequence so that once learned you will be able to give a Myofascial Release Massage for the upper body.

Imagine how you will feel at the end of the workshop! Your hands will become supple and strong, your neck and shoulders will relax, your chest will be more open, you will naturally breathe more deeply with less effort, and your back and waist will be more flexible.

Imagine how your clients will feel after you have mastered these techniques.

This workshop, taken with the Myofascial Release Massage Part II, Lower Body, will enable you to offer a complete head to toe Myofascial Release Massage as well as work on specific problem areas. The hand, neck, and shoulder work is suitable for on-site application as well as clinical practice. We will discuss the conditions and occupations that will benefit most from this work. Contra-indications will also be noted.

Please note: Bring sheets, towel, and oil. Women should wear a bra or bikini top.

Upcoming Event: CranioSacral Level I

Discover how CranioSacral Therapy (CST) works with the body’s natural rhythms to assist with a variety of conditions. CST is unique – it helps identify the source and facilitates healing, leading to optimum health and vitality.

Presented by the Upledger Institute in partnership with Great Lakes Institute of Technology.

September 12 – 15, 2024. Registration/Continental Breakfast at 8am. Classes from 9am to 5:30pm. $595

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The CranioSacral system influences:

  • Nervous System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Digestive System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Endocrine System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System, and more

For the Client

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-tough, manual therapy that releases tensions, as well as restrictions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve overall health.

Effective in helping to relieve symptoms associated with:

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress and Tension-related Disorders
  • Post-concussion Symptoms
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Upcoming Event: Active Isolated Stretching, Upper Body

October 12 – 13, 2024. 8am to 5pm. $297

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Review of the basic principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) theory. Presentation and lab practice of individual AIS techniques to specific muscles of the lower body. This course is presented with a clinical emphasis that encompasses treating the general population, athletes, and children, as well as those with special needs, pain management, brain & spinal trauma, postural asymmetry, et al.

Course outline and objectives includes the following:

Review of the basic principles of AIS theory.

Presentation and lab practice of individual AIS techniques to specific muscles of the upper body.

Students are asked to bring portable massage table if possible and an 8′ length of rope (for self stretching practice).

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Upcoming Event: Training Your Touch Advanced Palpation Skills

November 2 – 3, 2024. 8:30am to 5:30pm. $350

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“Experience has taught me that a therapist is not great because of the number of tools in his or her toolbox or even due to their choice of methods. Real mastery springs from the ability to read the tissues and allow the client’s inner wisdom to lead. Training Your Touch is a course in refining and expanding your palpation skills. Regardless of your chosen path or your favorite method, the one skill that can truly set you apart from other health practitioners and other bodyworkers is your mastery of palpation.

Imagine being so “in touch” with your client that their tissues quickly guide you to the place that most needs work. What if you also had the awareness and sensitivity to find and correct problems everyone else missed? Would your life and your work be different? You don’t need genetically enhanced abilities or paranormal powers to get those kinds of results. You just need some basic guidelines and a commitment to practice mindful palpation. If you are ready to get started, read on!” – Randall W. Gibson


The Training Your Touch series of seminars adopts strategies and concepts from world class healers and educators like Leon Chaitow, Jean-Pierre Barral, and John Upledger. Polarity Healthcare includes a mindfulness based focus and provides a safe space to learn and practice those strategies.


Training Your Touch: Advanced Palpation Skills (2 days – 16 CE hours)

For more training opportunities related to integrative massage therapy, please consider the other seminar categories on this site.

Randall W. Gibson is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. (Provider #325713-00)

Upcoming Event: Intro to Postpartum

December 7 – 8, 2024. 8am to 5pm. $297

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New mothers need care and nurturing after they give birth. Postpartum healing, breastfeeding, carrying a baby, minimal sleep, hormonal changes, their bodies go through a LOT! Massage is a great way to help a new mother’s body recover after birth and adjust to her new, challenging lifestyle.

As a mother herself, the instructor is passionate about supporting new mothers. That’s why this course, unlike many other maternity courses, is dedicated to postpartum mothers and their unique physical and emotional needs. She will teach you how to alleviate their most common postural and muscular discomforts, such as abdominal and pelvic pain and sore shoulders from carrying car seats or frequent breastfeeding. You will also explore postpartum traditions in other cultures and how to integrate them into your practice.

The massage skills that you take away from this course can be life-changing for new mothers, from accelerating the physical healing process to reducing postpartum depression.

Students should bring a massage table, headrest cover, a set of sheets, a breast drape and lotion.

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Upcoming Event: Intro to Cupping

January 17, 2025. 9am to 5pm. $199

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This Intro to Cupping class will teach you how to get started using cups with your clients and to release the tension and knots in a noninvasive way. This class will give you the history, benefits, contraindications, and techniques to safely use cups on your clients. You will also learn how to clean, sanitize and store your cups and the different sizes and shapes of cups. This class will give you the chance to work with your cups to learn where to place them on the body and what you should be looking for on the skin when using them. Cupping can be a wonderful benefit to your clients and a great tool to have to lessen the strain on you the therapist.

*For this class the student will need to bring a face cradle cover, a set of sheets, bolster, oil and two hand towels.

*Class includes a 12pc Set of Cups

8 CE, NCBTMB Approved

​$199 per person

For more information, go to Enlighten Continuing Education.

Upcoming Event: Dive Deep Into Cupping

January 18, 2025. 9am to 5pm. $205

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This course Dive Deep into Cupping is designed to educate Licensed Massage Therapist on assigning and taking corrective actions to improve clients posture through out their body. Students will learn during this course the positive effects cupping therapy has on the bodies blood flow, lymphatic system and the nervous system. Utilizing integrative techniques with Cupping tools and massage therapy has a great effect when used properly and students will learn when to do cupping on their client and when it would not be ideal to use cupping. This course will give students a deeper knowledge to effectively and efficiently work with their clients.

​*Prerequisite for this course is “Intro To Cupping”

​*For this course student will need a set of sheets, two hand towels and oil or lotion.

**Please bring your cupping set from Intro To Cupping.

Silicone cupping set included in class to use and take home.

8 CE, NCBTMB approved

$205 per person

For more information, go to Enlighten Continuing Education.

Upcoming Event: CPR & AED Training

January 18, 2025. 5pm to 7pm. $75

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Our CPR Heartsaver Courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory or other requirements. These courses are also designed to meet OSHA requirements. For many of our courses, students receive a course completion card that is valid for two years.

*All classes do require pre-register, class sizes are limited

American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR & AED training