Making a Difference: NHI Student Massage Clinic
written by Tiahna Skye
It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of our lives and forget to take a moment to appreciate what we do. As massage therapists we make a big difference in the lives of so many. We help reduce stress, and ease aches and pains. We might help an athlete improve their performance. Sometimes we provide a moment of connection to someone who is feeling isolated or alone. Often we work with people who are undergoing rigorous medical treatments that are debilitating and uncomfortable; we provide soothing touch and a positive association with the body. We offer people a time in which they can be seen and heard, have their needs addressed and know that they are important and we are committed to their well being.
At the NHI student clinic we make these services available and affordable. Our students provide excellent quality massage to people who might otherwise not be able to afford this specialized type of care. We care for the elderly and infirm. We provide services for local law enforcement, EMTs, firefighters and public school teachers, among others. In this way we are able to offer back to our community and support the people who do so much for us. Most of the time we don’t know specifically what kind of difference we make, but on occasion a clients takes the time to tell us:
“There are many reasons I’d rather live in Sonoma County than elsewhere in the world. One reason is that I can receive therapeutic massages at the National Holistic Institute Massage Therapy School in Petaluma. I have taken the opportunity to receive massages from students there for over 5 years. The students listen well, adjust to meet my needs and always appreciate feedback. As an elementary school teacher, I benefit from their schedule and reasonable prices. Giving a family member, friend or colleague a gift card is an easy way to help them get needed healing. NHI is a valued part of our community also because it trains individuals for an important career in health and healing. How fortunate we are in Petaluma, to have National Holistic Institute Massage Therapy School!” -Julia Megna
For every voice we hear from, there are probably hundreds more who never have a chance to say it, but appreciate it none the less. For students and staff alike, it is a privilege to be a part of a school that offers such a valuable service to the community. So let’s all take a moment to reflect on what we do, why we do it… and then do it again!