Senior Spa 1 This is a 2 day class and is for experienced therapists or beginners
• 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 2 Completion of Part 1 is required for this class.
· Special positioning techniques that reduce fatigue in the geriatric client as well as the therapist
· 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
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, a contributor for Massage Magazine and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. 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 is single and lives in the Lake Norman area with her 3 rescue cats Gato, Harry & Raina.
Massage for the elderly demands great care and understanding. By learning to use a light touch, proper stretching and safe techniques, you can help improve your elderly clients’ physical and emotional health. Continuing education for geriatric massage can teach you what you need to know for both massage and other spa therapies.
Geriatric massage CE classes are unique in that they focus on building postural stability, improving balance and enhancing your client’s quality of life. Home study courses are commonly available as is training in well-known approaches like Compassionate Touch®. You can also find courses that discuss how to succeed performing massages at senior living facilities or how to address conditions like osteoarthritis. Some geriatric massage CE classes may even include hospice massage training.