Wow, what a week we have had…in fact this has been the longest week that we have experienced since we arrived in ABQ. It stared on Monday with yet another quiz in A&P. The rest of the week was two classes in Hot Stone treatments and numerous classes in Swedish Massage. This week we took our final test for Swedish Massage along with 4 evaluations in Swedish Massage. One of the evals was showing our knowledge of 35 or so Bony Landmarks and 15 or so Cautionary Sites. Two of the evals we actually gave a massage to a fellow student while our teachers walked around the room with a clip board. The last eval was yesterday – here, we picked a name out of a hat to select our client. The client could have been a faculty member or a former NMSNT grad. We were to set up our table, interview the client and then give them a one hour massage using all of our “Tools”. After this massage they critiqued us on everything from our touch, the quality of our strokes and anything else (there were actaully 10 questions they had to answer). From this we received either a “Pass” or “Fail” grade. It was nerve racking to say the least. But, at the end of the day all of us passed. So what this means is that we can begin working in the student clinic giving massages to the general public. To graduate, we each need to give 116 – one hour massages in the clinic – that’s six massage per week. And of course, we have our regular classes going on as well. So now, here we go!
Last week, one of the of our projects was to give a presentation to our Swedish massage class about the Muscular System and what the contraindications for Massage would be….here’s our presentation. (sorry, but the camera shut down about 30 seconds before the ending, but you can still get the jist of what we did. We hope you enjoy the viedo.
This coming week is once again packed – we have three classes in A&P, more classes in Hot Stone, Non-specific Stretches and Sports Massage. The ride is fast, and right now we are doing great. We do however have to remember to keep our hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
Peace and Love from the Land of Enchantment.