Senior Spa 1 & 2

Oct 14, 2023

Oct 15, 2023

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

7980 Chapel Hill Rd suite 125, Cary, NC, USA




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Event Description

This is a 2 day class and is for experienced therapists or beginners. Most therapists already have seniors in their families and as clients. Working with seniors requires specialized techniques and communication skills.

Topics include:

  • DHHS Nursing Home Residents Rights
  • The 3 classes of geriatric clients
  • Basic principles of Ayurveda
  • Demonstration of proper body mechanics , routines and massage techniques for the geriatric client prone on a massage table with skin services
  • Demonstration of proper body mechanics, routines and massage techniques to work with the geriatric client in an armchair or wheelchair
  • Appropriate moist heat and aromatherapy applications to open the minds and senses of this special population
  • The 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Special considerations for skin and joints
  • Pathology for indications/contraindications for geriatric massage                                          Senior Spa 1 is a prerequisite
  • Many seniors can’t get on a massage table and those that do struggle to turn over. Special positioning techniques are taught that reduce fatigue in the geriatric client as well as in the therapist.
  • Topics include:
    • Massage routines, moist heat applications, skin care services and aromatherapy for the geriatric client in side-lying and supine positions on a massage table or hospital bed either bare skinned or clothed
    • Instruction for proper completion of forms such as intake, SOAP notes, charting and standard medical abbreviations used within the healthcare setting
    • Examples of how to set protocol and determine correct modality
    • Marketing concepts and materials for networking with senior communities, assisted living/ memory care centers and active adult communities


Sheila Alexander

20221 Sportsman Dr


About the Instructor

Ms. Alexander is a 1993 graduate of The SunCoast School of Massage in Tampa, Fl. She is licensed by the state of NC (#3536), an approved provider for continuing education by the NCBTMB (#200), 2021 inductee to the World Massage Hall of Fame, a contributor for Massage Magazine and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. In 2010 she was awarded an AMTA Community Service Grant to study the effects of reflexology on seniors with neuropathy. Because of her expertise in seated massage she has been featured in The Charlotte Observer and on NBC-TV.

Sheila’s background includes a love for people and a passion for service. As a rehabilitation therapist for emotionally disturbed youth, she found touch & humor as tools for healing. In 2002 she returned to her native NC to home care her father with Alzheimer’s disease then provided care for her mother’s terminal cancer. In 2004 she created a specialized massage practice for a CCRC (continuing care retirement community), in Davidson, NC, for their residents in all levels of care and continues to expand spa therapies. In 2012, Sheila was approved as a provider for continuing education to teach this profound work to the massage and healthcare communities.

Sheila lives in the Lake Norman area with her 3 rescue cats Gato, Harry & Raina.

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