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November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Offers Free Massage

By Editorial Staff

Over the last few years, an increasing number of hospitals nationwide have added complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to their models of care. One of those hospitals, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, began offering massage therapy to its young patients approximately one year ago.

Many hospitals have been offering massage for a long time, but at the patient's expense.

According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was the first hospital in California to offer massage therapy to patients for free. Therapists in the program, which is called "Compassionate Touch," volunteer their services through the Heart Touch Project, a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica, Calif., originally formed to offer free massage to HIV patients. To volunteer with the Compassionate Touch program, therapists must pass an FBI background check and meet with the approval of several hospital committees, the article said.

For more information on the Compassionate Touch program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, contact the Heart Touch Program at


  • Altan DJ. A gentle touch with kids. Los Angeles Times. Aug. 2, 2004.

AARP Member Magazine Highlights Massage

AARP: The Magazine, the official publication of the AARP (a membership organization for senior citizens), offers comprehensive news and information on money, health, travel, family, lifestyle and more for its members. Recently, the publication ran a feature on pain relief and included an article on massage wherein its author sampled five bodywork modalities: Thai massage, the Rosen Method, myofascial release, ayurvedic massage, and medical massage. The author of the piece, an apparent newcomer to the massage therapy world, indicated he suffered from chronic knee pain and an acute shoulder injury; he had positive things to say about his massage experience:

Thai Massage: "I felt as if I were radiating endorphins...And my knees felt fine! No pain."

The Rosen Method: "This is one powerful massage!"

Myofascial Release: "I was...relieved when his kneading took away my shoulder pain."

Ayurvedic Massage: "...I found myself shedding toxins in a personal steam bath. Nice."

Medical Massage: " felt wonderful."

The author concludes by saying he felt like "a million bucks" following his several days of treatment. Thanks to the article from this new massage enthusiast, more seniors might be motivated to try massage for the first time.

To read the article in full, visit



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