There will be an unusual sight at the Windsor, Ont., courthouse on three Fridays this month starting this week: self-represented litigants, lawyers, and court staff lying on massage therapy tables.
It’s all part of a collaboration involving the National Self-represented Litigants Project and the Canadian College of Health Science and Technology that will include 10-minute massages offered by students in the registered massage therapist program. The project is leading the massage offering in a bid to raise awareness of the stress those who represent themselves are under.
Sue Rice, project manager of the Windsor-based project, says the idea came from a volunteer involved in the original research study on the phenomenon of self-represented litigants. After losing her job as a librarian, the volunteer retrained as a massage therapist and, according to Rice, decided: “I want to massage self-reps. They’re stressed out. They need this.”