People with physical and mental disabilities are benefiting from a collaboration between Richmond Community Services and the Mount Kisco campus of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco, New York.
“After just 20 sessions, we’re already seeing improvements in range of motion and flexibility among the individuals participating in this innovative program,” said Jeanette Wolters, vice president and head of Richmond Community Services’ Medicare Service Coordination, Day Habilitation and Mobility Opportunities Via Education programs.
“This is very important for the individuals we support because people with serious physical disabilities can easily develop muscle stiffness. It’s also been heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces because of these massage session,” Wolters added.
The program, initiated 10 weeks ago, has eight students providing 30 minutes of massage to individuals at Richmond two times a week.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for the student therapists because they derive much satisfaction from seeing the gains being made by the people they massage. This community service program has been terrific for everyone,” said Sarah Baker clinic coordinator of Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco.