Globe University massage therapy students recently attended a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse faculty appreciation event. Why were they there? To apply skills they are learning at Globe to help appreciate the UWL faculty! Six Globe students and two instructors gave massages for three hours for a total of 24 hours’ worth of relaxation.Meredith McCoy, Globe University massage program chair, understands the importance of hands-on learning at a massage therapy school. She partnered with UWL to have her Swedish massage students practice their chair massage skills at a recent faculty appreciation event at UWL. Faculty at UWL were able to receive massages from Globe students at no cost.
“This was a good opportunity for students to experience doing chair massage in the community,” McCoy said. “Along with practicing the techniques, they learn how events are run and what it takes to prep for such events. They also were able to use the communication skills necessary for events in the community.”
The massage students received valuable feedback from the UWL faculty who received chair massages.
“I was grateful for all the feedback,” said Globe massage student Alex Gochenaur. “It was the first time that I was able to practice on different body types and sizes. It felt great knowing that [I] helped make someone’s day more pleasurable.”Applied learning projects and community relationships like this partnership with Globe University and UWL are essential for adding dimension to classroom instruction and preparing students for career-focused employment.
“I am always looking forward to the massage events,” said Chad Needham, Globe massage student. “I find that the variety of people and experience is invaluable to my career choice. I really like the comments [from massage participants]; they just reinforce that I am on the right path.”