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Massage Today
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07

Sharing the Gift of Touch

By Editorial Staff

Massage therapists are known for being compassionate and nurturing in therapeutic or clinical settings; however, for many massage therapists, that kindness extends beyond the daily routine of seeing clients.

Massage therapists often donate their time and services to nonprofit, charitable events and organizations as a way of "giving back" to their communities.

The following are some upcoming events:

"Stand Down": Every summer, Vietnam veterans of San Diego, Calif., host "Stand Down," a three-day event that provides homeless veterans and their families with basic necessities, medical and dental care, including eyeglasses; clothing; haircuts; showers; and referrals to housing/recovery programs. Last year, volunteer students from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine provided free massage and acupuncture treatments at the event; in fact, volunteers provided more massage and acupuncture treatments than any other service. This year's "Stand Down" will take place July 11-13 at the San Diego High School football stadium. For more information, contact Rebecca Wilkowski at (800) 729-0941.

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC): Organizers of the annual PMC tout the two-day event as the most successful charity bike-a-thon in the nation. Proceeds from the benefit, sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, will go to the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. Volunteer massage therapists will gather for the event on Aug 2-3 to provide free massage to participating cyclists. For more information, contact Andrea D'Iorio at (617) 269-7171; Karen Cummings at (617) 632-4090; or visit

Over 300 mothers and daughters from the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts in Farmingdale, N.J., will gather on Aug 1-3 to learn about massage; reflexology; aromatherapy; and the power of therapeutic touch from volunteer massage therapists. For more information, contact Suzanne Paquette-Druze, executive director, The Wellness Center of Ocean County, at (732) 899-1911.

These are just a few examples of how massage therapists can give something back. Check out nonprofit organizations in your area to see how you can give the gift of touch.


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