Senior Spa 1 & 2

Apr 28, 2023

Apr 29, 2023

8:00 am To 5:00 pm

Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection, Henry Trost Court, El Paso, TX, USA




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Event Description

Most therapists already have seniors in their families & as clients. Working with seniors requires specialized techniques & communication skills. Topics include: Basic principles of Ayurveda, 3 classes of seniors, 7 stages of Alzheimer’s, special considerations for skin & joints, contraindications, proper body mechanics, massage on a senior in a wheelchair and prone on a massage table with appropriate moist heat and aromatherapy applications to open the minds and senses of this special population.

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 the therapist. Topics include: Massage routines, moist heat, skin care services & aromatherapy applications for a senior in side lying and supine positions on a massage table or hospital bed either bare skinned or clothed. Instruction for proper completion of forms: Intake, SOAP notes, charting and standard medical abbreviations used within the healthcare setting. Provided are marketing materials and concepts 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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