What I Do for Students
What I do depends entirely on what the student needs. A number of years ago, I worked on the neck of a student who was accidentally dropped on his head when he was fooling around with his friends the night before. The Nurse Practitioner referred him to me after she’d made sure he was suffering only from traumatized muscles.
There have been students who were recovering from an illness and simply needed enforced rest. I helped with that. Some students need guided follow-up of rehabilitation. I don’t do rehab. the way a Physical Therapist is trained to do, but I do encourage them to continue their rehab. by reviewing with them what they’ve already learned. I’ve worked with students who are majoring in American Sign Language and have to rely on their hands and arms for their chosen occupation. I’ve worked with nursing students who are studying hard to pass the state boards to earn their RN license. I’ve worked with Peace, Justice and Social Concerns majors who are learning about how to repair brokenness between human beings and need some encouragement and respite to carry on.
I provide a safe and non-sexual place for bodywork where someone’s aches aren’t just in their head (unless they have a migraine or something). I especially enjoy working with students who have been referred to my by the medical provider or the Mental Health Counselor. My experience has been that the combination of medical and/or mental health care with massage therapy is surprisingly effective.
I’m a Massage Therapist, Not a Talk Therapist …
…so I don’t particularly want more information than the student is willing to tell. Bodies are generally the most reliable source of information for me. I am consistently pleased with how eagerly and naturally students want to learn about their bodies. I guess that’s why they’re at Goshen College—they’re here to learn. I am also gratified with how well young bodies and spirits respond to touch and attention.
Click on the sub-pages listed at the right side of this page to find out more about my work with college students.
The other pages on this website will explain more about me and my work in general.
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