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The Massage Project

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

THE MASSAGE PROJECT

By: Kateryna Gilevska SPTA & Rouz Camille Malasig SPTA
Oakton Community College, Class of 2018

Project “Massage” had taken place at Oakton Community College on February 5th from 10am until 2pm.  At this event, therapeutic and relaxing massages were conducted by volunteers from Oakton’s Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program lead by the 2nd year students. Using techniques and knowledge learned in the program, the project was delivered for the students, faculty, and guests of Oakton Community College to raise money for the PTA program, to promote the physical therapy profession, and of course to encourage wellness.

When was the last time you volunteered and for what cause? In today’s world and generation, we all live quite busy lives. Whether you’re a parent or a young adult, have a job or not, student or a professor – we all have our own priorities and own schedules. So, it’s hard to squeeze in some volunteering hours to our already hectic schedules. But here are some reasons why you should consider it:

VOLUNTEERING BRINGS FULFILLMENT

By finding a meaningful and interesting volunteering work for you, volunteering can bring relaxing and energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Not only do you feel a sense of fulfillment from volunteering but as well as to the people that you spend your time with. Regardless of your age or situation, you can have a positive influence in someone else’s life simply just by volunteering. Just like the second-year PTA students, the simple act of massaging other people brings a sense of joy at the same time contentment for them by knowing that education pays off and by relieving some of the patient’s pain. Also, these students gave half of the proceeds to the charity of their choice while half goes to the club as a means to lessen the cost of their licensing books.

VOLUNTEERING CONNECTS YOU TO OTHERS

Volunteering allows you to connect to others – of different walks of life or even different point-of-views. It’s a way to make new friends and contacts. By sharing or committing to an activity together as well as by exposing you to people with common interests, volunteering can strengthen the bond of relationship. Also, by connecting to people, you increase your social and relationship skills. It’s a great way to practice or develop your social skills by having a common ground of interest and by meeting the same people regularly. Through the massage, the PTA students had the chance to interact to other students with different courses and of different professions. Some of the students were actually curious to what a Physical Therapist Assistant actually does, some wanted to get the insights of being a student in the program, while few had no idea what a PTA is. Because of those questions, PTA students, of course, had to answer the questions which promotes not only the physical therapy club but also the profession.

VOLUNTEERING SPREADS AWARENESS

By connecting to other people, you can’t help but talk about things that you are passionate about. In the case of the PTA students, they are passionate about their health and the wellness of the public. The same reason why they got in the field! And thanks to the massage project, wellness was promoted. Patients were given instructions as well as information regarding their “knots” or a muscle spasm in medical term, ways to decrease the pain, and even talking about sleeping positions to decrease the chances of having tension in their muscles regularly.  Volunteering can be one of the ways you can spread awareness especially about things you are passionate about.

If you haven't already done so, get involved volunteering – join an established organization or create a team of your own. 


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