Recently massage therapy students from Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville (MSB) enrolled in the Pregnancy and Special Populations class volunteered at Trinity Care Facility in Farmington, Minn. These massage therapy students went to Trinity where they specialize in elderly care to perform free massages.
Residents came into the commons area to receive chair massages, and for residents who were unable to get out of their beds, students went to individual rooms to perform massages.
Many times elderly individuals no longer get regular touch that isn’t from a nurse, doctor or medical assistant. There are as many as 50 percent that don’t have visitors any longer, so the touch they receive is usually for the purpose of personal care such as dressing or bathing. Massage is a way for these individuals to have relaxing good touch which helps with mood and general well-being of these folks.
The response to the massages was incredible! Most of these individuals had not had massage before and realized that they really enjoyed it. This was a rewarding experience for the clients as well as the massage therapy students. The residents of the center are anxious for the students to visit again in the future.
Written by massage therapy student Teresa Miller