The Massage Club at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, along with the Swedish Massage class, collaborated with Massage Therapy Program Chair Jen Youngs to work with Alexandra House for a holiday project. Alexandra House offers support services and emergency shelter to domestic and sexual violence victims in Anoka County, Minn.
Swedish Massage is the first hands-on, technique class in the massage program. Though not a required component of the course, the nine massage students really wanted to do an applied learning project for the holiday season. They reached out to the community and people in need, hoping to help children in one way or another. The students chose to work with Alexandra House because of how significantly children are affected by domestic abuse.
The students made bath salt gifts for the women and candy cane sleds for the children in the shelter, all paid for by Massage Club funds raised from previous events. Students had to prepare materials—candy, Epsom salts, essential oils, food coloring, jars and lids, ribbon—before meeting at the shelter to distribute them, in addition to providing chair massages for residents and staff members.
“From a technical standpoint, the Swedish massage students really learned how to use the chair massage equipment on different people. This project also gave them a lot of experience on how to structure their massage routines and techniques for different body types,” Youngs said. “It’s such a great feeling to be able to help people in this way. Providing a healing touch to a population who may have only been exposed to touch that hurts is really rewarding.”
Massage program students share their thoughts on the experience
“This experience really helped me gain perspective about what’s really important.” –Lee Kulick, massage therapy program student
“This opportunity allowed me to see how this occupation can help everyone.”–Connie Jones, massage therapy program student
“This experience helped me to see that I need to be open to help others regardless of where they come from. It’s easy to have preconceived notions about certain people, but we need to put those aside.”–Ashley Stewart, massage therapy program student
For more information about the massage therapy program at MSB-Blaine, please visit our website or call 1-877-655-7676.