The Massage Therapy Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2008 community service grants, the projects’ titles, and grant amounts:

Deb Charleston, St. Joseph, Missouri, “Hospice at Home, “Care for Caregivers,” $5,000.

Lori Ruth Kalvert, Project PAEAN/Breathing Project, New York, New York, “Project PAEAN: Massage as a Mental Wellness Tool: A Collaboration to Return to Balance Through Touch,” $5,000.

Juana Leandry, PRAXIS Housing Initiatives, Inc., New York, New York, “Healing Touch: Massage Therapy for the Homeless,”
$4,500. (Sponsored in part by a grant to the Foundation from BIOTONE.)

Heather O’Leary, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois,
“Increasing Mother-Infant Interaction, Decreasing Depression: Teaching Infant Massage to Mothers with Symptoms of Postpartum Depression,” $2,283.

Betsy Queen, Mount Carmen Health System, Columbus, Ohio,
“Gentle Touch and Complementary Massage,” $5,000.

Lorene Reano, Santo Domingo Tribe, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, “Hands to Promote Health,” $4,999.

Alicia Recore, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, New York, “Rub it! Simple Massage Techniques to Alleviate Common Ailments of Seniors,” $2,200.

Alisher Sharipov, Medical Teams International, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, “Uzbekistan Orphanage Massage Therapy Training,” $5,000.

Susan Weeks, Health Care is a Human Right, Saugerties, New York, “Health Care is a Human Right: Free Bodywork and Holistic Clinic for Homeless Individuals,” $4,980.

The foundation’s mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.