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January, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 01

10 Years On

Remarkable Stories From a Remarkable Profession

By Christie Bondurant

In January of 2001, Massage Today arrived on the doorsteps of your homes, schools and businesses for the first time. Much has happened since that first issue was published, not only for the massage therapy profession but for the world it thrives in.

In recognition of our 10th year of publication, we wanted to re-visit one very special story, one we think captures the essence of this remarkable profession.

As a new publication with the mission to educate and inform massage therapists, we set specific goals and challenges to meet that first year while covering the important topics in the industry. But, like most of the world, we were unprepared for what was to come that September.

September 11, 2001

When the 9/11 terrorist attacks hit the United States, we were stunned, shocked, and then, in the aftermath, amazed by the heart-felt expressions of humanity and the true character of the people who make up this amazingly compassionate profession. Author Liz Pasquale's selfless tribute to the men and women who worked countless hours recovering those buried under the rubble of the World Trade Center collapse is truly one of the most extraordinary stories reported in Massage Today.

fireman - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark In the November 2001 article "Bringing Relief to WTC Rescue Workers", Pasquale shares her remarkable story of how her and fellow health care professionals came to the aid of rescue workers in New York by providing massage therapy around the clock at an empty high school a few blocks from the World Trade Center, ground zero.

Pasquale writes how her work of lymph drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and visceral manipulation moved many of the workers to tears. She explains: "Ordinarily in my practice, about 20 percent of my clients - usually people I'd seen a few times - experience an emotional release. But here, more than 80 percent of these men discharged their emotions, often in the first 5 to 10 minutes. Most of them I'd never met, and they'd never had a massage before."

Pasquale worked around the clock for days straight: "And so it goes, night after night. Generally, it seems to slow down during the day, pick up around 7 or 8 p.m., and then gets really busy around 11 p.m. and stays that way until 4 in the morning. By the fourth day, someone actually made a 3 a.m. appointment with me. ... So here it is, five days later. I'm still wearing my respirator and working on people wearing flak jackets, bunker pants, harnesses and gun belts. One man asks me if I've had a lot of marriage proposals this week. 'More this week than ever in my life,' I reply, my voice contorted by the respirator. 'And they haven't even seen my face.' He laughs and says, 'We're not marrying your face. We're marrying your hands.'"

Read Liz Pasquale's complete article by clicking here.

In the past 10 years, Massage Today was there to cover the important stories within the profession, working diligently to provide readers with the most up-to-date, relevant news and information in order to advance the individual massage therapist, as well as their practice, business and profession.

Readers, a special thank you for your faithful commitment to this, your, publication. We hope to continue to serve you for many more decades to come.

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