Student Senate unanimously approves “Healing Hands” club

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Daniel Wallace, Associate Editor

A new club on campus will be offering massages to students and teaching them how to self-massage, too.

The club, Healing Hands, was unanimously approved by the Student Senate Friday after a spirited pitch from the club’s founder, Pei Ling Peng, who prefers to be called by her nickname “Jo.” The club’s purpose is to “create a space that will educate, encourage and heal our college community one person at a time,” according to its charter, and was one of four new clubs approved during the meeting.

Originally from Taiwan, Jo first came to City College in 2017 with years of practice at giving massages.

“I have that gift — maybe five minutes then done, not hurt anymore,” Jo said, laughing heartily.

At one point, she became short of breath and grimaced to show the senate the type of stress and anxiety she wants to alleviate, saying that the simple act of stopping to listen with care to people in distress can often help.

Jo also wants to use the club to help correct inappropriate behavior.

“Sometimes people, including me, look at a person and go ah, what beautiful hair you have, and we touch it without permission,” Jo said.

She added she will also teach basic forms of self-massage.

Student Trustee Krystle Farmer was optimistic the club will succeed.

“She had really good energy. Once she gets her club started it will be really interesting to see how it develops,” Farmer said in an interview after the meeting.

While the meeting time of the club is still unknown, anyone is welcome to join.