Workshop to teach massage basics

Massage Basics, a Life Skills Activity, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center 386.

Andrew Rutledge, a YEAR studying English, is a massage therapist from California.

“Here for the Life Skills group, we try and do a bunch of stress relief activities that people can use to make themselves feel better,” Rutledge said. “In the class itself, we do a basic swap sort of system where about 20 minutes you’re learning how to give a massage, and for about 20 minutes, you’re getting a message.

Rutledge said students will be taught basic neck and shoulder massage techniques.

“My tagline for the class is, ‘If you want your future spouse to know how to give a massage, they have to learn somewhere,'” Rutledge said.

Rutledge said there are many benefits to massages.

He said people should not be stressed all of the time and massages can help relieve stress.

“Massage therapy is a wonderful tool that not only makes you feel more at ease and more able to cope with these stressors, but regular massages have academic benefits as well,” according to the website Roman Paradigm Massage and Therapy

According to the website, massages reduce depression and muscle tension, increase blood flow and increase concentration levels.

Rutledge said the workshop is a part of Blitz Week which features other activities associated with stress management.

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