Inn8, GNTC Partner In NW Georgia
(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – As the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Athletic Department begins to plan its 10th year of intercollegiate competition, the corporate partnerships from both sides of the Georgia/Tennessee state line continue to grow. In an era, where many schools have to work hard to make ends meet when it comes to athletics, the long-term vision of GNTC’s programs are made possible, in part, by the help of Inn8 Touch Massage in East Ridge, Tennessee.
Owner Derek Bhimji has been in business for five years and simply wants to give back to help athletes excel. “I want to help these student-athletes to perform the way they want so they can continue to do what they love,” said Bhimji. “We specialize in sports massage and neuromuscular therapy. These areas are key for the athletes in the college’s athletic programs.”
The college first launched its two initial athletic offerings, Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball nearly a decade ago. After seeing their first action on the court in early 2008, it wouldn’t be long after that local companies would begin to see a real benefit in what GNTC was providing. Bhimji is no exception and now one of more than a dozen regular contributors to Georgia Northwestern Athletics each year.
“For the past few years, David has come to our facilities to give the athletes sports massages, as well as speak with them about how to rehab injuries they are suffering,” said GNTC Athletics Coordinator David Stephenson. “His steady support of what we do, along with the growing number of others who are giving to our programs with each passing year, shows me the level of impact we are having in our North Georgia communities.”
Stephenson and Bhimji have been working on the collegiate partnership since 2013. Bhimji’s business, Inn8 Touch Massage Therapy, is located in East Ridge, Tennessee. Bhimji and his wife, Brittney, have two children, as well.
Donations made to GNTC Athletics are made by way of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation. From academic programs to intercollegiate athletic offerings at the Technical College System of Georgia institute, all gifts to any function of the college are managed by the GNTC Foundation. GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel leads a team of community leaders from across the college’s nine-county service area in helping gain support of the companies and people the college serves throughout the year.
For more information on GNTC Athletics, the GNTC Foundation, or anything related to the college, contact them at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can find them on the Internet at GNTC.edu. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.
(Rome, Georgia) – Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Neuromuscular Therapy program recently participated in an Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic to provide safe, effective treatment to cancer patients and people with cancer histories.
The Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic consisted of three days of training and one day of clinic. Therapists from Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia participated in the clinic with the GNTC students.
“All of the patients had an individual oncology massage treatment plan based on their current cancer treatment or history,” said Bobby Lewis, director of the Neuromuscular Therapy program at GNTC.
Twenty cancer patients from the area volunteered to be a part of the clinic. Participating GNTC students included: Jessica Case, Demarcus Daniel, Trina Dean, Keysa Garrett, Janine Lowe, Yuri Padilla, Jessica Payton, and Ashley Teft.
The workshop provided 32 hours of oncology massage credits for participating licensed therapists. It was led by Massachusetts-based Tracy Walton and Associates, an industry leader in oncology massage, according to Lewis.
“In our industry, Tracy Walton has conducted the most research in that area,” said Lewis.
GNTC Neuromuscular Therapy student Jessica Payton of Cedartown is a Pilates, yoga, and Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) instructor and owns a studio in Rome called “Balanced Movement.” She plans to incorporate Neuromuscular Therapy into her treatment for people with pain using Pilates and yoga techniques as part of the treatment.
Payton says that the Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic opened her eyes to the different techniques that are used with cancer patients.
“You are focused on slowing down the patient’s system and bringing some relaxation and stress relief to the system and allowing them to be touched in a way that is not so invasive,” said Payton. “With massage we think of the deep tissue and you can’t do that with an oncology patient, you tend to use a much softer touch.”
GNTC’s Neuromuscular Therapy program plans to conduct another Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic in October. For more information, contact Lewis at (706) 295-6434 or via email at email@example.com.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.