SCOTTSDALE, AZ., (Dec. 16, 2010) – Staff, faculty and students of Cortiva Institute – Scottsdale School of Massage Therapy are offering their support to a family in need this holiday season.

The school is participating in the City of Phoenix’s 2010 Holiday Adopt-A-Family program which helps hundreds of families each year by providing holiday gifts for children and parents as well as needed household items.

“The holidays can be very stressful for all families, but for those with parents’ out of work or struggling to pay bills, gifts and decorations are a luxury many cannot afford,” said Cortiva Institute – Scottsdale president Sophia Perkovich.

The Cortiva campus is “adopting” a family headed by single mother of three children, all under the age of 8. To raise funds, the school has placed a Christmas tree in its front lobby with ornaments on it listing items each family member needs and a special gift. According to Perkovich, the campus is accepting gifts or monetary donations.

“Our campus is completely engaged in this worthwhile effort and we feel it is a wonderful way for us to give back to our community and a deserving family in need,” said Perkovich. The school is accepting donations until Saturday, December 18. For more information contact Kara Tucker at the Cortiva Institute – Scottsdale at 480.945.9461.

About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is a community of Massage Therapy Schools with 11 locations nationwide, offering full and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public, and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure that our graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Go to for more information.