Golden, CO. Rebecca Tatro, a top graduate from the College of Southern Maryland, was chosen to receive Massage Warehouse’s Ultimate New Graduate Award for her top academic performance, engagement with her classmates and community, and her commitment to the highest ideals of the massage therapy profession. The award was granted to the college at the 17th annual Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) School Issues Forum in early April.
Tatro earned her Certificate in Therapeutic Massage in January and then went on to complete an associate’s degree in massage therapy, graduating on May 16, 2013, with a 3.85 GPA. Her research project, “The Effect of Massage Therapy on Neck and Shoulder Pain,” confirmed not only that massage can alleviate pain and improve function in this area, but developed a hypothesis regarding massage’s positive impact on diabetes management.
Before her studies at the College of Southern Maryland, Tatro earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and taught first- and second-grade children since 2003. She wants to integrate her massage therapy and elementary teacher training to find a way to bring massage into schools, especially in the context of preventing violence and other social problems that have been connected to a lack of appropriate touch. She also plans to pursue additional training in pediatric massage and complete a master’s degree in either education or health psychology.
The Massage Warehouse Ultimate New Graduate Award includes the Ultimate Business Starter package, which has a retail value of $700 and includes an NRG brand massage table and chair, cart, NRG sheet set, table warmer, NRG fleece pad and face cover set, Massage FX lotion, messenger bag and other products.
About the sponsors
Founded in 1987, ABMP is a professional membership association serving the massage, bodywork and somatic therapy professions. Based in Golden, Colorado, it is the largest massage membership association in the U.S., with more than 80,000 members.
Massage Warehouse is the leading supplier to the massage therapy profession, offering an unparalleled selection of massage supplies and equipment for a one-stop shopping experience. Massage Warehouse also has a long history of giving back to the community through its educational and philanthropic activities to schools, associations and research organizations.