Massage schools in Boulder, Colorado, and Nashville, Tennessee, received the BIOTONE 2010 Community Outreach Award, which recognizes schools’ volunteer programs and awards a $2,500 grant.
BIOTONE is a manufacturer of massage and body-care products. The awarded schools are Boulder College of Massage and Mind Body Institute.
“We congratulate these two institutions for their community contributions,” said Jean Shea, BIOTONE founder and president, and member of MASSAGE Magazine’s editorial advisory board. “There is very strong spirit of volunteerism among our industry professionals, which we applaud and are very happy to support and recognize with our annual award.”
The two schools’ community service programs are:
• The Service Learning Program founded in 1979 at Boulder College of Massage Therapy sends students into the community to provide massage to various local organizations, including such groups as the Boulder Veterans Counseling Center, Longmont United Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House (RMH). Each year, the student body provides on average more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service.
• Since 1996, Mind Body Institute has sent three classes a year to Vanderbilt Medical Center to perform free chair massage on three different floors. Each class goes for four hours at a time for six to eight weeks in a row, once a week. The students rotate which floor they work on each week to get the most from this opportunity. Students work with the doctors and nurses on the trauma floor, the families waiting while their loved ones receive care and the staff and patients on the oncology floor.