Massage as Stress Relief CUNY Law School, QPAC, PS46 Health Fair, Bayside Senior Center Course Isabella Lizzul, Massage Practicum II, Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance Overview Students apply their hands-on skills and knowledge to study the benefits of touch by way of massage to create positive changes in reducing stress and anxiety levels. Course Objectives Students will: • use self-care practices • create treatment plans • administer appropriate massage treatments for different populations with different needs • manage a massage office • demonstrate professionalism as a massage therapist Interests of Partner The aim of the massage is to relieve stress, thereby improving performance and health. Populations include first-year students at CUNY Law School during final exams, dancers performing at QPAC, parents attending the PS46 Health Fair and senior citizens at the senior center. Activities Students use contemplative and physical movement practices, monitor their need for rest and wash their hands. Students interview clients regarding health history and treatment goals, and monitor changes in treatment plan throughout the session. Students use all available resources (textbooks, internets, supervising instructor) to research client conditions and make clinical decisions regarding client-centered treatments.