Massage Therapy Foundation grant recipients use massage to tackle social issues

Massage Therapy Canada staff
January 24, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
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?
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”
Community 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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