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November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11

Angie Patrick Receives MTF Humanitarian Award: Tells Why Research Is Important

By Editorial Staff

Angie Patrick received the 2010 Massage Therapy Foundation's (MTF) humanitarian award at this year's MTF Donor Reception. Presented by Performance Health, Inc., Angie was handed a symbolic oversized check for $2,500 representing the amount that was donated in her name to MTF.

Angie was warmly greeted with cheers and applause from the crowd, and was noticeably overwhelmed by the honor. "I love this profession so much... It involves every part of my life... Thank God for massage," she said.

Named after an icon in the profession, the Massage Therapy Foundation's "Bob King Humanitarian Award" is given to those who standout in the profession with their passion and service to the massage community. Angie has been a strong advocate for the massage therapy industry for more than a decade, and feels that massage therapy research is crucial for the future of the profession.

She continued: "Because of that passion that I feel for (massage) and the importance I think it holds for not only me but for every massage therapist out there in this profession, we need to enter the future with the stewards of the future. I am committed to doing everything I can to further the research."

In 2004, when Angie was just four-and-a-half months pregnant, she gave birth to a 1lb, 6 oz baby girl named Olivia. According to Angie, "Olivia faced many challenges, not the least being premature. She had two intraventricular brain hemorrhages, a perforated intestine, an unresolved patent ductus arteriosis, chronic renal failure resulting in extreme jaundice and toxicity, intubations, an inability to maintain body temperature, multiple blood transfusions and illiostomy - all of which occurred in her first few weeks on this planet."

It was only after Olivia received a regimen of touch therapies by Angie's therapist friends, that she began to improve. Olivia is now 6 years old and is a true example of the power of touch. Olivia's experience is one of the driving forces behind Angie's passion for massage and the philanthropic project, Sanctuary.

In 2007, Angie began the Sanctuary, a fundraising event for massage therapy research. To date, the Sanctuary has raised more than $50,000 in donations for massage therapy research.

Angie is also a Reiki practitioner and certified reflexologist and has worked many years in the profession for Massage Warehouse, Scrip Companies. She is considered an expert in professional grade massage products. Currently, she is director of massage business development and corporate sales for Massage Warehouse.

She is the second to receive MTF's humanitarian honor, next to Bob and the late Kathy King who received it in 2009.

 

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