Lesson Planning – Experiential learning


I chose this website from the University of Waterloo to improve my delivery of hands on trades between classmates in a practical class.  I asked student patients to give student therapists feedback; however, I feel the self reflection portion from this model will help the student therapist improve their treatment based on their reflections.  The student patient and therapist could share their reflections with each other and problem solve to improve their treatment.  In my Neurology course students are treating student patients who are mimicking the condition, so I see value in this model in aiding the comprehension of treatment.

Pain processing, men vs women.


(Altmann, 2014)


As a massage therapist one of my most common questions for patients is about pain.  Describe your pain, is it dull, aching, sharp, shooting, does it come and go or is it constant.  Pain is one of the biggest reasons patients seek out massage therapy.  This recent article in Massage Therapy Canada discusses new findings on pain and how the immune system plays a part in the transmission of pain, as well as how this transmission difference in men and women.  This new research on how pain is perceived, interpreted and delivered could have an impact on how we question our patients about their pain and what type of treatment plan we design for them or what other complementary therapist we include in their team.

As an educator, this article also illustrates why it is so important in our profession to ensure new graduates are able to explore the ever evolving viewpoints and research on how the human body functions.  In a classroom I could see starting a web search assignment on new research/trends in massage therapy and having  students problem solve how this new information may impact their treatment of a patient.  Ensuring that students are able to stay current on new research/trends in our field will be pivotal in staying current, to ensure they are offering the best they can to each patient.

In my own personal practice this particular article makes me wonder if the immune system (specifically killer T cells) takes part in the transmission of pain in women, then would a reverse treatment of boosting the immune system have an impact on the degree of pain felt?  As a massage therapist, recommending medication is out of my scope of practice, however, I can refer patients out to a Naturopath, Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (TCM Dr) or suggest they speak with their Western Medicine Doctor.



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A little bit about me…..

I’m currently a full time mom, 6 months into my second maternity leave, with my son Z ( 6 months) and my daughter A ( 2 years).  I have spent the last 12 years working as a Registered Massage Therapist, a vocation that took me a while to discover.  I explored music and nursing before falling into Massage Therapy.  I love my profession, the flexibility, diverse patient base and the awesomeness of the human anatomy.

After 5 years of practice I stepped into a teaching assistant role at our local massage college.  I hail from a family of educators, so it was no surprise I embraced this new role, and soon found myself standing in front of eager massage students teaching my own course.  Teaching neurological assessment for massage therapists was a steep learning curve for me, but soon became another passion.  I am now also in a senior administrator role at the college.

My decision to take the PID program stemmed from  a variety of reasons.  I wanted to strengthen my course presentation, appeal to more learning styles, and develop a stronger grasp of the realities of being an adult learner.  I also see the PID certificate as a necessity to the longevity and quality of my contribution to my administration role.

So here I am, back in school after 15 years….and online of all places.  I’ve never taken any distant education courses before, I find computers, the internet and modern day technology challenging at times.  But here I am, excited to embrace this “new” style of education, expand my horizons further…amidst diaper changes, sleep challenges and sibling rivalry.  This blog is definitely a work in progress and another learning curve!