Elgin Community College
Ask Lurana Bain why she wanted to become a licensed massage therapist and the answer is simple: To make a difference in the lives of others while impacting their well-being.
Lurana, Director of the Elgin Community College (ECC) Massage Therapy Program, will be sharing insights about the massage therapy industry as a participant at EXPLORE 2017: A-U46 Community, Curriculum, and Career Expo. Bain is looking forward to the Saturday, October 14 event at ECC and she already has a clear goal in mind: “I want to introduce the profession of massage therapy, the educational path and the opportunities for employment,” she said. “I hope to educate attendees so they include massage therapy in their options when choosing a profession that is right for them.”
And now is a good time to get into the profession. The local job market is expected to grow 30 percent over the next few years, Bain said. While job demand is high, ECC is working to meet that need with flexibility for students to attend day or evening classes.
Bain,, who is nationally board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, a certificate from ECC, and a certificate in massage therapy.
A truly unique aspect of the industry, Bian said, is that with just one year of education, students can earn a license and then begin work immediately as a massage therapist after passing the state board exam. She said it is a profession that can be very fulfilling.
“Massage therapists literally work hands-on to assist people with pain management, recovery from injury, stress reduction, during cancer treatment and many other conditions. It’s a rewarding career.”
Stop by and visit Lurana Bain in her booth at the expo in Building B at ECC on Saturday, Oct. 14.