Denise Harting has been teaching and practicing massage therapy for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has taught professionally and practiced massage therapy in the Duluth area. She is married with three grown children and three grandchildren.
Her education in massage was completed in Mankato, MN where she was educated at Sister Rosalyn Gefre’s School of Massage. “I decided to study massage because of my attraction to bodywork, holistic and alternative health practices, and personal growth,” she said.
She is nationally board certified in massage by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). She also holds an associate’s degree in holistic studies. Upon completion of massage school, Harting was owner and sole proprietor of her own massage business, Quiet Waters Massage, in Winthrop MN, which she sold in 2007 in order to move to Duluth.
Harting taught massage therapy at the now-closed Duluth Business University where she also coordinated the massage therapy program and practiced massage at the Duluth Chiropractic Clinic.
Harting believes in being active and involved in her community. “I am an avid bike trail rider in the warm months, enjoy gardening, traveling, serving in my church, baking, reading, my cat ‘Fat Boy’, and spending time with my family.”
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the US, as predicted through 2024. “It is a career in which one would never be bored,” said Harting. “More is being understood about massage every day, and one can work in a wide variety of settings and with a variety of clientele.”
For prospective students considering the massage therapy program, Harting suggests they ask themselves the following questions: Are you a person who has an interest in alternative therapies and helping others? Does the idea of providing someone a break from the hectic world we live in appeal to you? Have you or someone you know suffered chronic pain and seen the benefits of massage to alleviate it?
She noted that the field of massage therapy and the public perception about massage therapy has changed for the better in last few years. Research done recently at Mayo Clinic into the benefits of massage for specific conditions as well as other reputable and quantifiable research done nationwide supports massage therapy as a viable treatment option. “The baby boomer generation often seeks their own answers for health care issues while questioning the status quo,” noted Harting. “More people are requesting body work for pain management and to achieve their own personal wellness goals.”
Harting enjoys teaching in LSC’s beautiful new labs and the “aha” moments her students experience never gets old for her. “We offer lots of hands on experience for our students to provide bodywork through our public community clinics. I am constantly surprised at how much I learn from my students. Seeing a student have an ‘aha’ moment when a client’s muscles release or melt under their hands is always wonderful.”