Supporting the Massage Therapy Foundation

Collette Wilson in TeamMTF tech shirtIn 2016, I had the pleasure of not only financially supporting the funding of Community Service and Research Grants awarded by the Massage Therapy Foundation, but I also ran in the 120th Boston Marathon with the MTF’s and the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Bib Program‘s support – what an AwEsOmE adventure!

This year, I am proud to support my colleague and friend Collette Wilson in achieving the same goals for awareness, FUNdraising, and completing – through her vigilant training – the 121st Boston Marathon.

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Time Left…until Wave 4’s Start of the 121st Boston Marathon!

Her goal of raising $15,500 for the Massage Therapy Foundation is only matched by her inspiring story that accompanies her rigorous training schedule – Why she’s making her first marathon the Boston Marathon.

In just a couple of weeks, I, too, will be in Boston again – supporting my friend who has successfully worked long, hard hours, dedicated massive amounts of energy preparing for and achieving the experience of a lifetime.

Won’t you please join us in moving the massage therapy profession forward by assuring the Massage Therapy Foundation is able to award Grants to professionals that help people’s quality of life by providing the information that changes lives?

Thank you!

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Look for (and use!) these hashtags on social media:

  • #RunningforResearch
  • #BeBoston
  • #TeamMTF
  • #TeamCollette
  • @theMTFoundation
  • @amtamassage

Visit Team Collette’s Facebook Page…and join her on her adventure!

Can Massage Therapy Help Prevent Colds?

Research studies do suggest that massage therapy can positively impact and manage inflammatory and auto-immune conditions in the human body.

What does this mean…exactly?

A published study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals (Sep 2010) suggests that 53 adult subjects receiving a 45-minute massage therapy session showed measurable and significant increases in the volume of lymphocytes in their systems.  Who can’t use some more dis-ease sentinels in their circulatory system?

250px-SEM_LymphocyteThe more T-Cells and B-Cells that are keeping watch in our bodies and effectively eliminating viruses that would otherwise keep us from our jobs/passions and normal lives, the better.

Especially in the winter months, when cold and flu season is at its peak because viruses survive longer in colder, drier open air during transmission from host to host, it is good to know that there are studies out there that record the positive effects that a massage therapy treatment can have on a human body.  In my opinion, repeated exposure to massage therapy can have the cumulative effect of the results of this single study, although more research needs to be done to prove it empirically.

Let’s not give those viruses a place to cozy into for, at best, a few days or even a week or more…being out of the loop in a cold/flu state is No Fun.  If you have to have a cold, your immune system and its ability to respond are your first, best line of defense and correction – Be Well: get a massage!

You can subscribe to the National Institute of Health’s PubMed Central (PMC) for free and read thousands of published research articles, just like this one, at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/