Melody Meyer of Compassionate Touch visits Boomer Generation Radio March 25

Melody Meyer, a certified massage therapist and natural health practitioner, speaks with Rabbi Address about her practice, the Center for Compassionate Touch, in the first half of the March 25, 2014 Boomer Generation Radio. In the second half of the show, sponsored by Kendal Corporation senior living, Ruth Bish and Karen Russell from Kendal discuss the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI), to reduce and/or eliminate the use of restraints in nursing home and care facilities. Read about this week’s guests after the jump.

Compassionate Touch

Melody Meyer, certified massage therapist
Melody Meyer, certified massage therapist

Melody Meyer, CMT, CNHP is a certified Massage Therapist and Natural Health Practitioner.  She is also a nationally certified Compassionate Touch Practitioner and instructor.

Ms. Meyer is a New Jersey State Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist, and a 16 year member of ABMP.  Additional certifications include: Reflexology;  Trigger Point Therapy;  Cancer and Post-Mastectomy Massage;  Healthy Breast Massage;  Application of Therapeutic Oils; Clinical Aromatherapy; Thermal Palms Massage.

Melody teaches Wellness Education workshops to both massage therapists and lay persons and conducts in-service and continuing education workshops for a variety of professionals in the health care and social service fields including those in elder care.   She is a frequent program speaker for professional groups and organizations.

Ms. Meyer has been in private practice and a practitioner of complementary modalities since 1989.  Her work is continually evolving with the addition of new skills and techniques to meet the ever changing needs of her clients as they move through the stages of their lives.

“For me, Compassionate Touch says to our elders, your life will not go unnoticed for I will be there to bare witness to your special moment in time.  So this is another part of my journey and new branch on my path and maybe one of yours. “ ~ Melody Meyer CMT, CNHP

To find out more about Melody’s path and why she choose to be a Compassionate Touch Instructor watch this short video:

Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI)


Ruth Bish, RN
Ruth Bish, RN

Ruth has extensive nursing experience, having been a staff member, RNAC, and assistant director of nursing in long term care. Since 2000, she has been a nurse educator for the Pennsylvania Nursing Care Facilities Best Practices Project. Ruth’s primary areas of expertise are implementation of quality improvement protocols in areas such as depression, pain, incontinence, pressure ulcers, functional improvement, and improvement in quality of life through a systematic paradigm shift process.


Karen Russell, RN
Karen Russell, RN

has 28 years of professional nursing experience in acute and long-term care settings, practicing as a staff nurse, admissions coordinator and staff development coordinator. She has served as a regional director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative since July, 1998; her expertise is in physical and chemical restraint reduction, fall management, bed and side rail safety, comprehensive assessment processes, and resident-family-staff relationships.



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