CHICAGO, (Dec. 21, 2010) – With the shopping days winding down before Christmas, consider a gift that will pay off in many ways. Consider a massage at one of Cortiva Institute’s student massage clinics, located nationwide.

“What better way to avoid standing in line, fighting for a mall parking space or dealing with the crowds than to purchase a gift certificate for a massage by contacting a Cortiva Institute,” said Paul Myer, President of Cortiva Institute – Chicago. “Many people think that a massage is a luxury they can’t afford – so why not give it as a gift? And by using Cortiva’s student clinics, you’ll get a discount on the treatment as well. With all the stress in our everyday lives, a good massage may be the best investment you can make.”

In fact, the student clinics at Cortiva Institute – Chicago offer one-hour massages for as little as $40. There are three Chicagoland locations, including the Loop location at 17 State Street and suburban locations in Woodridge and Crystal Lake.

But even if hitting the mall is a must for you, scheduling a massage after that shopping marathon might be just the ticket to keep you going through the holiday season.

Affordable massage therapy is available from Cortiva students in a supervised environment. Because students are not yet licensed professionals, Student Clinic sessions are offered at a great rate. The goal of the Student Clinics is to prepare qualified individuals for successful careers in the massage therapy profession. By working on real world clients like you, students develop their skills and gain valuable hands-on experience.

“One of the advantages of attending Cortiva is the hands-on opportunity that students have to work with clients,” said Myer. “In fact, some clients who use the student clinic facility for self care and stress reduction are inspired by the possibilities of actually doing massage for a living. Many graduates of massage therapy report a high job satisfaction along with considerably lower stress compared to their previous employment.”

Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 19 percent through 2018, faster than average for all occupations, according to the 2010-2011 U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Visit to purchase a gift certificate or schedule a massage for any of Cortiva’s 11 locations nationwide.

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.