Internship program provides more than 5,600 massages each year to the Boulder/Denver community.

Boulder, Co. (PRWEB) May 7, 2008 — The Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT), a leader in massage therapy education, will be celebrating 20 years of complimentary massage for BolderBOULDER 10K runners and walkers on race day, May 26, 2008. As part of BCMT’s internship program, more than 100 well-trained Boulder College of Massage Therapy students will be at CU’s Recreation Center offering complimentary post-race massages to BolderBOULDER participants. BCMT provides the BolderBOULDER with the largest number of student massage therapists found at a 10k event in this country and possibly the world.

“We are very excited to have BCMT back for their 20th year at the DICK’S Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER,” said Cliff Bosley, BolderBOULDER race director. “The post-race massage consistently ranks among the best aspects of the race in our participant surveys. Everyone from the fastest runners to those just out for a 10K stroll enjoy a good massage afterwards.”

Research conducted at the BolderBOULDER by the Boulder College of Massage Therapy found those participants who received free massage had a faster recovery time and less soreness compared to those who did not receive massage after the race. At this year’s BolderBOULDER, BCMT students will be on-site for five hours and are expected to provide more than 1,400 post-race massages.

The BolderBOULDER is one of the largest road races in the world. This year the race is expected to attract more than 50,000 runners and walkers and draws professional athletes from all over the world to compete for one of the largest non-marathon prize purses in road racing.

“The BolderBOULDER race is just one of the many events BCMT students can choose to volunteer their time and massage expertise,” said Aspen Sullivan, BCMT’s internship and community service manager. “As part of our 1000-hour Certified Massage Therapist program students complete a minimum of 30 supervised internship hours, choosing from more than 50 facilities and organizations throughout the Front Range.”

As a non-profit, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy is committed to educating the community on the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and providing massages to a variety of populations. In 2007, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy’s internship program provided more than 5,600 hours of massage therapy to assisted living homes, medical patients, healthcare workers, teachers, firefighters, athletes, other not-for-profit organizations and individuals in need. In 2006, more than 5400 volunteer massage therapy hours were provided.

BCMT Internship Sites:

Medical Massage: Boulder Community Hospital, Mapleton Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Christopher Village Chiropractic Center
Sports Massage: The University of Colorado, The University of Denver, Colorado Crush Arena Football
Canine & Equine Massage: Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, 7-Acre Horse Ranch, Bark in the Park, Furry Friends, Siberian Husky show dogs
Elder Care: The Academy, Applewood Living Center
Specialty: Hospice, Prenatal, Infant, Corporate Seated Massage
Events: Numerous Running, Cycling and Triathlon events across the Front Range, including the BolderBOULDER
For more information about Internship and Community Service Events please contact Aspen Sullivan at (303)530-2100 or aspen @ bcmt.org.

About Boulder College of Massage Therapy
Founded in 1975, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) is an independent, not-for-profit massage therapy college offering an internationally recognized 1000-Hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program, an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Massage Therapy, advanced certificates and continuing education courses. More than 5000 graduates in fifty states and 26 different countries turned to BCMT to help them achieve their career goals. As not-for-profit organization, BCMT believes in educating people on the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and giving back to the community. Each year, Boulder College of Massage Therapy students provide more than 5,600 community service hours of massage therapy to assisted living homes, medical patients, healthcare workers, teachers, firefighters, athletes, other not-for-profit organizations and individuals in need. In addition, BCMT’s student clinic offers more than 7,000 discounted massages every year. The Boulder College of Massage Therapy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education. Additional information on the college and its offerings can be viewed online at www.bcmt.org.

 

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