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Senior Spa – Part 1& 2

Earn 16 CE hours


Registration $320

This is a 2 day class

Are you ready for the ‘Silver Tsunami’ of Baby Boomers? According to the US Census Bureau:

In 2010, 13.1% of the American population was 65 and older. In 2030, that figure will be 21.4% and by 2050, there will be more Americans 65+ than children younger than age 15.

As of 2011, the first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 65. In 10 years those boomers will be 75, and in 10 more, age 85.

For the next 19 years, nearly 10,000 people a day will turn 65. And that doesn’t include the demographic that reached 65 before 2011.

Part 1

8 CE’s

 Most therapists already have seniors in their families and as clients. Working with seniors requires specialized techniques and communication skills. 

Topics include:

  • The 3 classes of geriatric clients
  • Their Ayurvedic dosha (body type)


  • Demonstration of proper body mechanics, routines and massage techniques to work with the geriatric client prone on a massage table with a back exfoliation
  • Demonstration of proper body mechanics, routines and massage techniques to work with the geriatric client in an armchair and wheelchair
  • Appropriate moist heat and aromatherapyapplications to open the minds and senses of this special population
  • The 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Special considerations for skin and joints
  • Pathology for indications/contraindications for geriatric massage

Part 2

8 CE’s

Completion of Part 1 is required for this class.

Many seniors can’t get on a massage table and those
that do struggle to turn over. Special positioning techniques are taught that reduce fatigue in the geriatric client as well as the therapist.

 Topics include:


  • Massage routines for the geriatric client in supine and side-lying positions on a massage table or hospital bed
  • Skin care services for the geriatric client in supine and side-lying position on a massage table or hospital bed
  • Instruction for proper completion of forms such as intake, SOAP notes, charting and and standard medical abbreviations used within the healthcare setting
  • Examples of how to set protocol and determine correct modality
  • Assembling  a marketing package to present to a skilled nursing center, assisted living/ memory care center or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC)

Supplies: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring:

  • a set of sheets
  • massage table
  • 2 pillows with cases
  • 2 extra pillowcases
  • bath towel
  • 2 hand towels
  • 3 washcloths
  • massage cream/lotion
  • face cradle cover
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