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Massage Therapy Foundation grant recipients use massage to tackle social issues

Jan. 24, 2014 — We know that massage therapy may aid in the managing of everyday stress and pain. Can it also be harnessed to address wider social problems?

January 24, 2014  By Massage Therapy Canada staff

Evanston, Ill.-based Massage Therapy Foundation believes it can, and it
invests substantial resources into its Community Service Grants program
each year for such initiatives. The program funds unique programs that
aim to take massage out of the office and into the world of social good.
Four individuals have recently won a $5,000-grant to help their respective organizations. They are:

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, M.D. from Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, for his
program, “Massage Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care”
• Donna Pine-Kamil from Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, N.Y., for her program, “HIV Comprehensive Wellness”
• Chad Nath from Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa, for his program is “Infant Massage for At-Risk Families”

Aimee Joy Taylor from The Respite, a Center for Grief and Hope in
Charlotte, North Carolina. The title of her program is “Grief Massage at
The Respite” Comfort for Life Transitions & Loss”
Service Grants are awarded annually by the Massage Therapy Foundation
to charitable organizations that provide massage therapy to people who
have little or no access to such services. This grant program is
designed to promote sustainable working partnerships between the massage
therapy profession and community-based organizations.

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