Massage therapy has been shown to benefit special needs children; for example, research conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine indicates massage therapy may enhance motor functioning and increase muscle tone in children with Down syndrome.

Integrative Touch for Kids, an organization that focuses on helping special needs children and their families with modalities including massage, will hold its first annual fundraiser, the Benefit & Butterflying Event, April 4 in Tucson, Arizona.

The event will feature a live auction and raffle—and Tucson-area massage therapists may donate sessions to benefit the organization, or attend the event.

Attendees will receive lunch while enjoying a steel drum band and the opportunity to release live butterflies. Tickets for the event are $45, and all proceeds will go toward funding the organization’s first healing retreat, July 19-25.

See the April print edition of MASSAGE Magazine to read a feature article on Integrative Touch for Kids, “Massage a Component of Children’s Healing.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or for more information about Integrative Touch for Kids, visit