Guiding Light - School of Massage Therapy

Inspirational Touch "Special Needs"

Course Overview:

"Special Needs" populations refer to those who can benefit from specialized massage therapy techniques and knowledge base due to the unique physiologic needs or characteristics certain populations require.

Examples would include:

An aging population
Frail individuals
Individuals diagnosed with certain disease or disorders
Pre and Post surgical considerations
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety, depression, personal trauma situations
Pregnancy Pre and Post
Infant and children
Injury rehabilitation
Hospice aid for terminal individuals
Critically ill
Cancer patients
Loss of limbs

  • Our CE course will focus on the aging population, Cancer patients, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Circulation related disease and disorders..

  • Therapists will have clear understanding of the need to take a complete intake and to do thorough assessments prior to the selection of various techniques or approaches. 

  • Techniques will focus on sensitive touch and listening skills of the therapist to be able to hear through touch what the client may not know how to express or the client is not aware of as a disconnect has taken place between their awareness and their body communication.

  • A client may require special positioning on the massage table or other adjustments such as sitting up in a chair or wheel chair.  The therapist will learn how to use pillows and other tools to best achieve client comfort.

  • Specialized techniques will include myofascial release and unwinding, Fluffing and  pumping, cranio-sacral hold, heat and compression.

Instructor:  Joy L. Mellum, L.M.T., M.F.R.T.

Joy has been practicing massage therapy for 22 years. Her training includes western and eastern theories and techniques.

Since 1999 Joy has worked with the special needs populations ranging from Hospice care to pediatric massage. She has had the opportunity to work with other health professionals in conventional medicine and alternative health to create a “team” of specialized health care professionals practicing “ client centered” protocols.
The majority of Joy's education has come from individual case studies as most clients do not fit a mold for which a clear protocol is standard. Joy has, however, attended educational courses such as Compassionate Touch, Geriatric Massage, Body mechanics for the therapist and positioning of clients.
Joy has also worked as a certified nurses aid in skilled nursing homes and has traveled to facilities//homes to work with brain injury, cancer, pre/post surgical situations, hospice and end of life care. In her practice she receives referrals from General medicine Doctors, surgeons and Doctors of Chiropractic.
Joy also founded and gives instruction at Guiding Light School of Massage which was approved by the Massage Therapy Board in 2003 to present.

Registration for Inspirational Touch "Special Needs"
August 26 & 27, 2017       
9:30am – 5:30pm          
  14 CE's            

Please send registration form and payment by August 5, 2017to:
Guiding Light School of Massage Therapy 123 N. Main, Fairfield IA  52556

Name:  __________________________________________________
Professional Title:  _________________________License #_______________
Address:  ______________________________________________________
e-mail:  ______________________________ Phone:  ____________________

Course Fee:  $275.00
    (master card, visa, check or cashiers check, money order)
Or Pay pal at address  ldmellum@hotmail.

Course Fee includes:  Booklet

Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a set of sheets.

Thank you.  
If you have any questions please call:    (641) 472-9337 or contact us on 

A minimum class to hold course:  3     Class maximum: 6
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