Students Get Hands-On Experience in Special Populations Massages

By Angie Mellor

Students in the Special Populations Massage class at Globe University-La Crosse have been busy this quarter. Recently the students invited Springbrook Assisted Living residents to campus to receive senior massages.

Once their clients arrived, the students put their knowledge into practice by helping the seniors complete intake forms. “The massage therapy students also had an opportunity to ask about medications, medical conditions, and areas of discomfort,” adjunct instructor and licensed massage therapist Shelley Shaker said. “They were able to practice overall communication with senior citizens.”

Students not only practiced their communication skills, they also learned to adapt their techniques. “We were able to practice safe massage techniques for the seniors and we saw how much enjoyment they received from it,” student Tina Hendricks said. “We were also able to successfully modify our massage for seniors in walkers, wheelchairs and other assistive devices.”

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