Kneaded Relief: Madison West Massage Therapy Students Provide Massage to Hospice Employees

Student Julie Blum works on client's back.

Business of Massage students set off to Heartland Hospice’s administrative offices to provide massages during their winter renewal event. Heartland Hospice dedicates themselves to providing patients with care wherever they consider home. Their work can be draining and challenging which can take a toll on the body and mind. To alleviate this, Heartland Hospice provides renewal opportunities to its employees.

Students worked one on one with clients during the course of their chair massage bringing them relief, relaxation and restoration.

When reflecting on the project, Massage Therapy student Tiphanie Broderick shared her thoughts. “I think that the service learning project we did with Heartland Hospice was great. I think we were able to succeed in our goal of thanking them for the services they provide to so many people, during such a trial time. I would volunteer again at any moment, I feel volunteering gives you a very satisfying feeling and it is another way to give back to the community.”

Student Maria Allen works on client's hands during renewal massage.

When asked how the students did, recipients reflected positively. “They did awesome. It was very relaxing, very good. I would recommend massage for everyone.” Abigail Kearns shared.

“I found it really relaxing as I have been struggling with some calf issues. The students worked on them and found some knots which loosened my calves. I feel like I’m not going to have the issue I had before the massage. I am good to go!” Penny Andrews said.