By Litahni Colemen, John Armstrong and Lisa Schidtke
Alice had been a very active person all of her life. Now, in a residential care facility, Alice finds life pretty quiet. One day her caregiver introduced her to a woman who would be making regular scheduled visits to give massages. Alice had never had a massage and said she didn’t want to have one. The caregiver convinced her to try it once, just for 15 minutes, and if she didn’t enjoy it she didn’t have to participate the next time the therapist visited.
At her first massage Alice reluctantly sat in the kitchen chair up to the kitchen table that had a funny looking support on it. The Therapist told her to just lean forward into the support, rest her face in the face rest and her arms on the table. Once Alice was comfortable the therapist began a gentle back and shoulder massage and gently massaged lotion into her arms and hands, working each finger gently. Before long Alice was sighing with pleasure and when the 15 minutes were up she didn’t want the massage to stop and as she got up from the chair she wanted to know how soon the therapist would be back and could she have 30 minutes next time.