Former students offer a remedy of relaxation to those dealing with the everyday pressures of life on the Hill.
Brothers Frantzley and Marvin Moise are the owners of Advanced Therapeutics, a local massage and relaxation service. The brothers offer free seated massages to FAMU students through a sponsorship by the Student Government Association.
According to Student Body President Virgil Miller, SGA is pleased to support fellow Rattlers while After the September firing of former President Fred Gainous has darkened with offering new and innovative services on campus.
“This year, our administration has set out to providing things that are new and unique to our student body, which is why we are sponsoring the massages in the Campus Recreation Center this semester,” Miller said.
“We have received so much support from the Tallahassee community,” Marvin Moise said. “We offer our services because we wanted to give back to FAMU, and expose information about personal wellness to people in the community.”
According to the Moise brothers, there is a lack of awareness when it comes to the benefits of getting proper massage therapy.
“We want to teach people that massage therapy is about more than just relaxation, there are a number of benefits,” Frantzley Moise said. “So many people get massages from non-licensed people, and that’s not really a good thing”
The two Miami residents both graduated from FAMU in 2003 with bachelor degrees in health science while at the same time attending The Core Institute where they received their license in massage therapy.
“We did a double duty our last two semesters in order to get the necessary training we needed for our business,” Frantzley Moise said.
According to Marvin Moise, their business venture really began in 2004 after a year of practice and preparation.
“Before we launched our business we did various events in the community.”
“We worked on events such as the 2003 Essence Festival and Women’s Health Day. We also volunteered at assisted living facilities and worked with Olympic athletes.”
Advanced Therapeutics now offers a number of massage techniques and relaxation methods to customers in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Miami.
“The word is really getting out, more people are coming every day,” Marvin Moise said.
Although the brothers would like to expand their business, they said their primary focus is serving the Tallahassee community.
“We want to make sure we take care of home first,” Frantzley Moise said.
In addition to massage therapy, the brothers also give seminars on wellness and the influence of stress relief.
“We teach the importance of exercise, healthy living habits and drinking plenty of water,” Marvin Moise said.
Free seated massages are available for FAMU students in the Campus Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Other treatments are available to the general public by appointment only.
“Since people come in the fitness center and are kind of tense and reluctant to exercise, getting a massage is a good way for them to alleviate the pain,” said Anthony Harvey, 20, a junior pre-med student from Brooklyn.
“I have had one of their massages and it makes a big difference,” said Miriam Bettis, a freshman secondary education student from Tampa.
“You feel less stressed and a lot more relaxed.”
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