- The 3 classes of geriatric clients
- Their Ayurvedic dosha (body type)
- Demonstration of proper body mechanics, routines and massage techniques to work with the geriatric client in an armchair and 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
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 for the geriatric client in supine and side-lying positions on a massage table or hospital bed
- Skin care services for the geriatric client in supine and side-lying position on a massage table or hospital bed
- Instruction for proper completion of forms such as intake, SOAP notes, charting and and standard medical abbreviations used within the healthcare setting
- Examples of how to set protocol and determine correct modality
- Assembling a marketing package to present to a skilled nursing center, assisted living/ memory care center or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC)
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, 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.