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Broadview Students Provide the Healing Power of Touch

Published on May 8, 2014 by Staff Writer

Recently Broadview massage students were able to take part in an applied learning project at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City. “As part of our course study in working with special populations, we examine the subject of working with those who may be victims of abuse or sexual violence.” said Megan Allen, massage instructor.

Clockwise from top left: Donalyn Punio, Lisa Olsen, Frankie Baker, Marcus Bray, and Breanne Porter

Broadview students have learned the importance of an abuse victim being able to recover from the trauma that they experienced. “I feel that the massage therapy method of healing is a great way of teaching the victim to trust again and how to set boundaries between themselves and the person touching them,” said Frankie Baker, a Broadview massage student.

Donalyn Punio said, “Those who have undergone abuse have high anxiety, less sleep, trust issues, anger, and even depression. Massage is a very safe and comforting touch” that can help abuse survivors more fully recover. This volunteering opportunity allowed Broadview students to practice their skills and at the same time help to make a difference in their community.

Students started by massaging the counselors and staff of the Rape Recovery Center. “Our goal with working with this group is to begin a program where the students will have the opportunity to work directly with victims as part of their therapy and recovery process. This was our chance to introduce our students to these amazing counselors and for them to meet our amazing students in hopes of forging an ongoing relationship,” said Allen.

Students were able to see firsthand how the skills that they are learning in school could help others. “I felt honored to be able to take part in something that could hopefully someday become a part of the recovery services that are offered. The people that came into the clinic are always helping others in very difficult situations. I would love to believe that I was able to give back to them just a little of what they selflessly give,” said Lisa Olsen, a Broadview massage student.

“Those who participated in the project from the Rape Recovery Center were very impressed with the professional nature of our students and they were very thankful for an opportunity to receive much needed stress relief and bodywork. The students received valuable real-life experience and gained much appreciation for the work that these responders do and the hours they give to victims of sexual violence,” said Allen.

Students were able to see firsthand how the skills that they are learning in school could help others. “I felt honored to be able to take part in something that could hopefully someday become a part of the recovery services that are offered. The people that came into the clinic are always helping others in very difficult situations. I would love to believe that I was able to give back to them just a little of what they selflessly give,” said  Olsen.

As students participated, they realized they were part of a bigger commitment to helping others. “I learned that this was a great way to change the world in a small way. Making others feel good can make a huge difference on the professional’s self esteem as well. I learned that just seeing the smile on their faces is really enough to make me proud of this career that I chose,” said Breanne Porter, a massage student.

“These types of experiences truly set our school apart and give our students such an edge for their real life success. I love being able to take what I teach them in the classroom out into the community and seeing firsthand the difference it makes in the lives of all involved,” said Allen.

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