Frank Fleugel gives Christine Sutherland a shoulder massage at Broader Horizons this last winter. The August Summer School of Palliative Massage that starts Friday is dedicated to Frank who passed away last month.

Tutoring the future of healing hands in Nelson

A palliative massage course is scheduled to take off with all wheels on the sidewalks of Nelson starting Friday

A palliative massage course is scheduled to take off with all wheels on the sidewalks of Nelson starting Friday and running for one week.

“I have students from as far away as Saskatchewan this year eager to learn wheelchair massage and spend 24 hours in a wheelchair,” said Christine Sutherland, director of the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage.

Tonight there will be a film night for the public at Selkirk College in Rosemont at 7 p.m.  featuring three local families in the trilogy of A Better Way To Live, A Different Way To Die, including the Bridging The Gap film with the teens from L.V. Rogers massaging seniors from Jubilee Manor.

This August’s course is dedicated to Frank Flegel who passed away in July and was Sutherland’s favourite student.  Flegel was in his 90s massaging every day that he was at his day program at Broader Horizons rubbing 15 to 20 people a day over the past ten years.

Students will be massaging in the community for their outreach experience from Friday to Thursday. Let Sutherland know if you have any persons with terminal illness, chronic disabilities or conditions for her student practicum. She is also looking for wheelchairs.

There will be a wheelchair massage workshop on Monday at Selkirk College Rosemont Campus at 10:30 a.m. Caregiver teams will be included in the massage workshop getting massage treatments from the summer students.

For more information call 1-800-611-5788 or or


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