Massage Therapy Research Night allows students to highlight healing innovations

by | Apr 8, 2015 | News

Matthew Pariselli
News Reporter

Mickailynn Drimmie enters the concourse at Humber North and a visual of herself presenting her own research amidst a group of strangers darts into her mind.

She knows at this time next year the spotlight will be on her during Massage Therapy Research Night.

Drimmie is a 21-year-old in her second year of the college’s Massage Therapy program. She’s here tonight to listen to, support, and learn from the third-year students taking part in this year’s event.

Massage Therapy Research Night, held on  gives the third-year students in the program a platform to communicate the work they’ve achieved over the last year. It was held on March 30, and was the fourth annual event.

The projects they’ve completed are extremely involved and require them to develop a case study and then implement it on campus in the student clinic.

In their final semester, the students produce a written report on their research findings and also create a poster and oral presentation.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase the work that they’ve done and for us to raise some awareness of the role of research in the profession of massage therapy,” said Amanda Baskwill, the Massage Therapy program coordinator.

Marcel Zardo and Catherine Dawe, both 21, are presenting the findings of their joint project.

“Our research study was over an 11-week period,” said Zardo. “We looked at someone with very mild anxiety and how massage therapy had an effect on their symptoms and daily activities, and how massage improved their overall feelings about themselves.”

Dawe said she and Zardo wanted to show that massage therapy is a viable option to treat someone with anxiety.

“A lot of the research that we did come across was mostly use of medication and we just wanted to see if there was a more holistic approach,” Dawe said.

Zardo said anxiety levels reduced by 66.6 per cent between the first and last week of their study.

Like Dawe, Kyle Morris hopes the findings he uncovered contribute to future research and propel people into similar projects.

Morris, 24, explored massage therapy’s effects on recovering muscle tissue after physical exertion. It was a critically appraised topic, which means he surveyed several existing research reports to build his project.

“My information summarizes a ton of different articles, and it’s all concise, so everybody can get the best information we have and go on with that,” he said.

The gains for the students presenting are far-reaching.

“Just being able to feel confident, regardless of who the individual is that’s coming up to you and asking questions about what you do…is hugely impactful and beneficial for them,” said Baskwill.

As for Drimmie, she’s thankful for the opportunity to engage with the students presenting their work.

“The third years are here to provide some insight as to what to expect with these research projects,” she said. “They’ve been giving me tips here and there, providing some data collection processes, and that should be helpful in the coming year.”