Honolulu College Students Provide Massage Therapy Services at State Capitol and Aloha Nursing Home

Tangible in-field practice in how to apply learned skills, and an opportunity to bring needed stress relief, comfort, and even a little joy to those in the local community. That’s what our Honolulu Massage Therapy students experienced recently, during two field trips into the heart of the city of Honolulu.

Massage Therapy student group at the Aloha Nursing Home.

Massage Therapy student group at the Aloha Nursing Home.

Massage Therapy student Tara Ruark tends to one of the residents at Aloha.

Massage Therapy student Tara Ruark tends to one of the residents at Aloha.

During the month of April 2013, Honolulu Massage Therapy Instructors Olivia Nagashima led 11 Massage Therapy students on a visit to the Aloha Nursing Home, and Instructor Lorrie Wong took 10 students to the State Capitol to participate in the 18th Annual Legislative Massage Awareness Day. The groups were also accompanied by Career Services Representative Dara Kiyuna and Job Development Specialist Paolo Dela Cruz.

Using several massage modalities, our massage therapists in training provided 10- to 15-minute chair massages to 33 wheelchair-bound residents at the Aloha Nursing Home and to 43 Hawaii legislators and office staff members as part of Legislative Massage Awareness Day. Both field trips were planned and coordinated by Ms. Nagashima and Massage Therapy Instructor Cherie Lyn Apuya.

Massage Therapy group in front of the State Capitol from Legislative Massage Awareness Day.

Massage Therapy group in front of the State Capitol from Legislative Massage Awareness Day.

Ms. Nagashima said, “Many of the community events we participate in help to promote the benefits of massage and a healthy lifestyle. We give the community a ‘taste’ of what a massage feels like and give them a first-hand experience.

Chair massages performed by our students at State Capitol.

Chair massages performed by our students at State Capitol.

At Aloha Nursing, we not only helped the residents there but also helped our students understand how to work with a specific population: the elderly, confined, and disabled.  In fact, senior massage is a growing segment in massage therapy services.”

She added, “I think our students appreciated both of these learning experiences and were thrilled to be able to give something back to members of our community.”

Our Massage Therapy program (Lic. #MAE-2809) in Honolulu has been enabling students to participate in events like these for more than 10 years and looks forward to continued opportunities to provide these beneficial, therapeutic services to all segments of the Honolulu community.

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