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Massage Today
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05

Colorado Legislators Treated to Complementary Breakfast, Chair Massage

By Editorial Staff

The Colorado Coalition of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (CCMTB) hosted Massage Therapy Awareness Day, March 15, in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the capitol building in Denver. Volunteer massage therapists, recruited with the assistance of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), participated in the day-long event, which began with a first rate breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt and quiches, that was funded by American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Massage therapist Michael Soudant of Layfayette, Colo., provides chair massage during Massage Therapy Awareness Day. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Massage therapist Michael Soudant of Layfayette, Colo., provides chair massage during Massage Therapy Awareness Day. The breakfast gathered approximately 250 state legislators and staff members, who were greeted by CCMTB board members Jonathan Bergstrom, Elaine Calenda, Susan Jackson Grubb, Sue Jernigan, Bob McAtee and Kathryn Stewart, and invited to enjoy a chair massage throughout the course of the day. Jim Cole and Melanie Layton, CCMTB lobbyists sponsored by the AMTA, were also on hand to help facilitate a smooth event.

"We were very pleased with the reception we received and the contacts we made at Massage Therapy Awareness Day," said CCMTB Secretary Susan Jackson Grubb. "Volunteer massage therapists gave approximately 150 massages, and one therapist even stayed late to accommodate a legislator who wanted to receive a massage but was in committee all day."

Massage therapy packets furnished with information from the AMTA, ABMP, and Colorado Massage Network, were distributed to the governor and lieutenant governor, as well as to each senator and area representative. The packets contained information about massage licensing, survey results on the effects of massage therapy on pain, and demographic information about massage therapy users and professionals.

"Much good will was generated," said Grubb. "And many learned more than they [knew] before about the massage therapy profession."


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