The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) is pleased to announce the funding of five Community Service Grants and one Research Grant for the MTF’s 2011 granting cycle.

Community Service Grants

Tina Allen of Liddle Kidz Foundation in Vancouver, Washington, was awarded $5,000 for “Massage Therapy for Orphans in Japan.” This grant was sponsored in part by a gift from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Liddle Kidz Foundation has been working for more than a decade to bring healing touch to needy infants and children within the U.S., Thailand and Vietnam. Allen, the founder of Liddle Kidz, will use the MTF grant to educate 16 pediatric massage therapists who will work on children in orphanages in the greater Tokyo area to reduce the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. The massage therapists will also educate the caregivers of the children so treatments can continue when the therapists aren’t present.

Tieasha James of Bee Busy Wellness Center (BBWC) in Houston, Texas, was awarded $5,000 for “Touching Lives.” This grant is funded in part by a gift from BIOTONE. The BBWC provides health services for the medically underserved, including women at high risk of drug use/abuse, hypertension and sexually transmitted infections. The MTF grant will provide funding to add massage to the offerings of the BBWC with an objective of lowering client’s stress levels while increasing self-awareness and taking initiative for the clients own health.

Fermin Flores of Exodus Transitional Community in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded $5,000 for “Free Fulfillment,” a grant that was sponsored in part by a gift from the Arizona Chapter of AMTA (AMTA-AZ). With this MTF Community Service Grant, Exodus will provide massage therapy services for formerly incarcerated men and women. The goal of the project is to help reeducate these individuals and empower their physical and mental readaptation to touch so they can experience quality of life.

Dale Healy, D.C., of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NHSU) in Bloomington, MN, was awarded $4,800 for “Integrating Massage with La Clinica de la Mariposa.” This grant is sponsored in part by a gift from BIOTONE. NHSU has a clinic in Costa Rica that serves clients with limited income, many of whom are indigent. This grant will provide therapeutic massage to a needy population as well as educate chiropractors and massage therapists about the benefits of integrating their disciplines in the treatment of patients.

Ellisa Lee of SAGE Eldercare’s HomeCare Massage Therapy in Summit, NJ, was awarded $5,000 for “Soothing our Senior Clients.” Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been dedicated to the independence, well-being, and quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. This grant will allow SAGE to expand the benefits of its HomeCare home health aide services to include complementary massage therapy for its clients. Providing massage will aim to the anxiety, chronic pain, depression, and insomnia resulting from the many challenges HomeCare clients experience.

Research Grant

For the 2011 Research Grant, the MTF awarded $29,998 to Katharina Wiest, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., of CODA Inc. in Portland, Oregon, for her study “Massage Impact on Chronic Pain in Opioid Dependent Patients.” Chronic pain is common among opioid dependant patients beginning substance use treatment. This study will asses the efficacy of Swedish massage techniques on chronic pain in opioid dependent adult patients receiving methadone treatment. Primarily, the researchers will measure the effect of massage on the level of pain intensity. Massage may offer a non-pharmacologic option as part of the treatment arsenal for opioid dependence.

The Massage Therapy Foundation awards Research Grants of up to $30,000, and Community Service Grants of up to $5,000. The deadline to apply for a Research Grant is March 1, 2012, and the Community Service Grant deadline is April 1, 2012. For the full grant synopses or to apply for a grant, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service. For more information, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.

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