Massage therapy program students at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine took a field trip to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City to learn about the importance of massage for people recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Recovering individuals can use massage to allow their body and mind to relax so that healing and appropriate self-care can begin.
“The students really learned a lot about the role of massage in addiction treatment. More importantly, they learned how underutilized massage is. This inspired some students to look into how to become more proactive in massage awareness and fighting for more acceptance and utilization in healing and recovery. Although Hazelden Betty Ford has massages available to patients from trained massage therapists, they are offered as a “fee for service” option rather than being included as part of the program,” Massage Therapy Program Chair Jennifer Youngs said. “The students felt passionate about the potential to develop a relationship with the Hazelden Betty Ford wellness department and continue to help develop awareness and growth in using massage in the recovery process.”
The students enjoyed taking this field trip as part of their pregnancy/special populations massage class.
During the presentation and tour at Hazelden Betty Ford, students learned that massage therapy contributes to the physical, mental and spiritual health of a patient who is used to feeling good artificially.
“This experience helped me to see how massage still has barriers to overcome in being recognized as a partner in the treatment plan, rather than being considered a supplemental feel-good option,” said Kim Christopherson, massage therapy program student.
“I found Hazelden to be very healing, but felt that the massage program could be enhanced to bolster the recovery process,” said Kristine Moore, massage therapy program student.
“I really liked learning how meditation and massage are incorporated into the healing process of addiction disorders,” said Ashli Weller, massage therapy program student.