Friday, November 8, 2013

What's Familiar, has Volunteers and Philanthrppist? Experience Spa!

Many people think of philanthropists as wealthy individuals who make large donations to charities and fundraisers.  This view is far from the truth, Philanthropy actually means “love of humanity”.  Anyone whose actions seek to promote the good of others falls into the category of philanthropist.  Massage therapists, by the very nature of their work, nourish and support others with the intent of increasing the well-being of the individual.  It makes sense that since the spirit of giving is so intrinsic to who massage therapists are, that this spirit would extend into the world in the form of charitable aid and donations.

These individuals are just a few of the many therapists who represent the best in all of us. Massage philanthropists give for many reasons.  It feels good to give from the heart and to know you are making a difference in someone else’s life, but giving offers many additional rewards.  Volunteerism is also good business. It offers therapists an opportunity to network with other therapists, share their skills with potential new clients, market new therapies or products and it is a great resume builder!

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Practitioners should feel empowered to give back to their communities. Here are some resources to guide you.

 We are pleased to offer the following guide to assist practitioners in providing massage in their communities: Massage Therapy for the Underserved in Your Community: How to Launch a Successful and Sustainable Community Service Project
Published Articles about MTF-Funded Community Service Projects
"Charitable Hearts and Hands-Serving the Underserved" by Karrie Osborn – an article published in the March/April 2009 issue of Massage and Bodywork Magazine featuring several Massage Therapy Foundation funded community service projects.
"Ventures in Therapeutic Massage for Developmentally Disabled Adults" – This project led by Kathryn Greschner of Cornerstone Ministries, Inc. in Cumberland, WI is featured in the BIOTONE Winter 08/09 Catalogue.
 "Paula Terminie's Story"– an article published in the Summer 2008 issue of AMTA Florida Journal. This article highlights a 2005 Massage Therapy Foundation community service grant entitled “Special Care for the Childbearing Year: Perinatal Massage”.
"The Hopevale Massage Therapy Project" – an article published in the Winter 2008 issue of the Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists. This project, funded by the Massage Therapy Foundation in 2006, promotes the health of marginalized communities through hands-on treatments.
”Bodywork for the Homeless" by Cynthia Price, PhD – an article published in the Spring 2008 issue of Washington Massage Journal. It features a Foundation-funded community service project awarded to Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign in Seattle, WA in 2007.
“Connecting Passion and Community Service" by Jean Ives – an article published in the Fall 2007 issue of mtj on several past Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grant recipients.
“Camp Hope" – an article published in mtj about a 2006 Community Service Grant recipient Nancy Smith providing therapeutic massage to pediatric burn survivors.
"Giving Expectant Moms the Gift of Touch" by Kelle Walsh – an article published in Massage Magazine on 2005 grant recipient Paula Termini and her project, “Special Care for the Childbearing Year: Perinatal Massage.”

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