Massage students help charity riders stay on track

Tuesday, 01 July 2008

Students from Challenger TAFE’s Visage Training Centre for Health and Lifestyle provided vital helping hands for a charity bike ride from Albany to Fremantle.

Students Rhonda Thatcher and Jenna from the Diploma of Remedial Massage were chosen to become part of the professional health team for the week-long ride.

“We gained some fantastic experience and are really glad that we got the opportunity to be part of the ride,” said Rhonda.

“We were challenged and pushed to new levels.”

Under the direction of two experienced massage therapists and a physiotherapist, Jenna and Rhonda gave 40 weary bike riders much needed massages both during the rides and at the end of the day.

They used the deep tissue and Muscle Energy Technique (MET) stretches that they had been taught by their College lecturers.

“By the end of the week, we had these techniques down to a fine art and were thrilled to have opportunity to improve on the skills we had learnt in class,” said Jenna.

“It was such a great week! We were able to meet lots of amazing people who will be friends for life, as well as promote a wonderful cause.”

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth is aimed at raising awareness and much needed funds for Youth Focus, a community-based organisation working with young people who show signs associated with suicide, depression and self-harm.

The 700km ride was a great success, raising $600 000 for Youth Focus. This will enable the organisation to continue their vital work with young people and their families who need support and assistance.

Jenna and Rhonda found they had learnt so much from the experience that they encouraged the ride directors to include Challenger TAFE massage students in future rides.

“I never thought that being on the road for a week with 50 people could be so exciting and life changing,” said Rhonda.

Challenger TAFE’s Diploma of Remedial Massage is an 18 month full-time course run through the College’s Visage Training Centre for Health and Lifestyle based in Fremantle, and provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to practice as a registered Remedial Masseur.

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