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Denver Massage Therapy Clinic | Berkana Massage Studio

Welcome To the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy Student Clinic!

Thank you for your interest! At Berkana, our students are learning how to become amazing massage therapists and a big part of their training is to provide massage therapy to the public in our simulated spa/work experience. We invite the public in to receive massage therapy from our students in the second, third and fourth quarter of their 5-month program. The students get a chance to practice their new skills, and our clients are able to receive exceptional body work for a fraction of the normal cost of a massage. We normally offer 60-minute massages throughout the student terms in the Spring and Fall. We also have a very special offering of 90-minute massages at the end of the students’ program. All of the student massages are $35.00 per hour. Tips are not accepted or expected and all proceeds go to materials and cost to run our supervised clinical practicum.

IMPORTANT:  We cannot provide massage therapy for clients who are sick, have a fever, are contagious in any way, feel dizzy, are intoxicated in any manner, or who have certain medical conditions. 

If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible to receive massage in our student clinic please reach out to the Director, Jill Berkana at jill@berkanainstitute.com or call us at 303-377-3111 ext 3 to discuss your concerns. Please do this at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. We would hate to have to turn you away after you made the trip to see us. 

Want to participate? Just click the “Book a Massage” button, or give us a call and leave a message at 303-377-3111 ext. 4. Please know that we don’t ordinarily answer the phone as we are teaching and learning blissful therapeutic massage and don’t want the phone interrupting our focus. We will call you back right away.  If you decide to book in the Student Clinic, please know we are counting on  your participation for the students’ education and appreciate your honoring our 24 hour cancellation policy.

 

Thank you so much for supporting the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy where we knead you!

 

Our Therapists:

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy Studio is proud to offer Massage Therapy sessions for the public with student therapists and professional therapists. One thing that is consistent with all of our therapists, is they have all been trained in the Berkana Method. You will always receive from a therapist who is willing to listen to you, and help you determine what type of session is perfect for you on any given day. Just give us a call, and let us know if you would like to receive a professional massage from a licensed massage therapist, or from a student therapist. We greatly appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you.

 

Rates:

Professional rates are varied and depend on the rate charged by the professional, their specialty, and how long your session is. Student treatments are always $35.00 per hour. All funds collected for student massage treatments go into the upkeep of the Institute.

 

Hours of Operation:

The Massage Clinic is open Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:00pm until we take our last client at 7:00pm. Sessions are booked by appointment only. We cannot accommodate walk-ins as we must ensure our student therapists are able to complete their clinical practicum by working in the studio with clients.

 

Make an appointment: To make an appointment, please book on line or call us at 303-377-3111 

 

Receiving from a Student Therapist

In order for the students to complete their training, they need to acquire experience by providing several massage therapy sessions to the general public. The Berkana Institute Massage Therapy Studio provides up to 600 massages per year to the Denver Community, at very affordable rates.

 

Clients receive exceptional and professional Massage Therapy in the artfully decorated, tranquil studio, select Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The private, and peaceful treatment rooms are very inviting.

 

What to expect from your session:

When you come to the massage studio to receive a massage, you can expect a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable experience. The Berkana Massage Studio has a very comfortable atmosphere with soothing music, and aromatherapy. When you arrive you will need to fill out some paperwork, read and sign the policies, and make payment. Your student therapist will greet you in the waiting room and will ask you some brief questions about your general health, you will discuss what kind of massage is best suited for your needs. After your intake interview, your student therapist will escort you to the treatment room and you will have complete privacy so that you may disrobe to your comfort level and get on the massage table. Usually, people will either choose to leave on their undergarments or will completely disrobe. You will be under the sheet and blanket for the entire session and the therapist will keep you properly covered.

 

In a few moments the student therapist will return and begin the massage. During the massage the therapists will only undrape (uncover) the area of the body they are working on, to assure your comfort and privacy. Throughout the massage they will check in with you to make sure that you’re comfortable and that they are using the appropriate pressure.

 

When the massage is over, the student therapist will leave the room again so that you may rest for a minute, reassimilate, and get dressed. There will be a small questionnaire for you to answer in the reception to give your student therapist some feedback. After that, you’ll take on the rest of your evening feeling renewed and refreshed!

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

 

Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
Reduces muscle spasms
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Enhances athletic performance; treats injuries caused during sports or work
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
Improves posture
Strengthens the immune system
Treats musculoskeletal problems
Rehabilitation post operative
Rehabilitation after injury

(Source: AMTA)

 

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

Fosters peace of mind
Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
Helps relieve mental stress
Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

(Source: AMTA)

 

Emotional Benefits

 

Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
Fosters a feeling of well-being
Reduces levels of anxiety
Creates body awareness
Increases awareness of mind-body connection

(Source: AMTA)

 

Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy Clinic Policies

 

~Clients agree not to solicit student therapists for massage therapy outside of the student clinic. Once Licensed, Berkana Graduates may list their practice contact information on the Berkana Alumni Network at berkanainstitute.com

 

~Clients are expected to arrive clean.

 

~Clients may not be intoxicated in any way.

 

~Clients may not have any odors or aromas that may offend or interfere with the hygienic conditions of the clinic. Odors include, but are not limited to, heavy perfumes, body odor, marijuana, cigarette smoke and other neurotoxins.

 

~Non Sexual Massage Therapy: The Berkana Massage Therapy Studio is providing professional massage therapy which is non sexual.  If any client demonstrates any kind of inappropriate behavior, or initiates any inappropriate conversation or gestures toward the therapists, this will be considered sexual harassment and the massage will end immediately, full payment will be due, and the perpetrator will not be able to come back to the clinic in the future.

 

~All conversations and personal information will be held by the Studio in the strictest of confidence.

 

~Any advice given to you is only advice and not a medical diagnosis.

 

~If during your massage a symptom is discovered that massage is not suited to help with, you will be referred to a doctor.

 

~Please communicate with your student or professional therapist whatever needs to be modified to improve your massage; be it temperature of the room, music selection or volume, area being addressed, depth or pace of massage, or if you would like to talk or be silent.  Our goal is for you to be happy with your experience, so feel free to talk to your therapist.

 

~As there are many reactions that can arise out of receiving deeper bodywork, your therapist will educate you to the best of their ability so you know what you can expect during and after a massage.

 

~If you are sick with an infection of any kind, please call and reschedule your massage.

 

~Your privacy will be honored at all times. You will have the room to yourself while disrobing and getting dressed.  During your massage, you will always be covered with a drape.  Only the area being addressed will be temporarily uncovered.  Clothing under the drape is optional and your decision to make.  Your student or professional therapist will discuss your preferences at your initial consultation.  If you are not bashful, please be respectful to the therapist, and remain under the drape at all times during your massage.

 

~If you are late, your massage will be cut short so that the therapist may remain on schedule.

 

~If you need to cancel or reschedule your massage, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can fill your space and the student therapist can get their hours of practice in.

 

~If a condition or medication is listed on your intake form or identified visually that is potentially contagious or the massage can possibly make worse, we reserve the right to cancel your massage at no cost to you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What should I do during a massage? 

Make yourself comfortable. If the student therapist wants you to adjust your position they will either move you or will tell you what is needed. Many people close their eyes and relax completely; others prefer to talk. It’s your massage, do whatever feels natural to you.

 

What should I expect afterwards? 

 

Massage can be profoundly relaxing. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. Other results may include pain relief, increased mobility or reduced stress. If you received deep work, you may have some tenderness after you massage.

 

Isn’t massage a luxury? Can I afford it? 

 

Massage is more than a luxury. It promotes health by relieving stress, reducing muscle tension, increasing circulation, and enhancing your overall energy. If you are concerned about affordability, talk to us about other options.

 

How frequently should I get a massage? 

 

The more frequently you receive a massage, the more benefits you will notice. We can help you decide the best frequency for your appointments to meet your specific needs. If you feel you are under so much pressure you can’t afford to relax, this may be the time you most need to take time out to strengthen your reserves.

 

How do I find out more? 

 

You may still have questions, and you are right to be careful. Feel free to call the Berkana Massage Therapy Clinic and we will be happy to discuss your questions before you book an appointment. But in the end, the best answers will come from experiencing a massage first hand.