The Massage Therapy Foundation has announced the recipients of funding through the 2010 granting cycle, to include one research project and four community service projects.
• Nina C. Franklin, L.M.T., Ph.D., from the University of Illinois at Chicago, was granted $30,000 for her study, “Efficacy of Massage Therapy in Attenuating Vascular Dysfunction after Exertion-Induced Muscle Injury.”
• Alisher Sharipov, of Tigard, Oregon, was granted $5,000 for her work with Medical Teams International. Through this grant, this program, now in its third year, will provide bodywork to Uzbekistanian orphans as well as bodywork training to their caregivers.
• Leslie Korn, Ph.D., of the Center for Traditional Medicine in Olympia, Washington, was granted $5,000 for her work on “Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.” Since 1977 the Center for Traditional Medicine has directed a small public health clinic in rural Mexico. Founder, massage therapist, and researcher Korn has hosted volunteer health professionals and made massage therapy available to impoverished locals.
• Shay Beider, of Tucson, Arizona, was granted $5,000 for her work with “Integrative Health Care Solutions/Integrative Touch for Kids.” She has designed this no-cost healing retreat getaway at an Arizona ranch that serves as a haven for children who have developmental disabilities, genetic conditions, chronic, acute, and life-limiting illnesses.
• John Duke of Portland, Oregon, was granted $5,000 for his project Outside In, which provides primary health care to more than 7,400 homeless and low-income people in Portland, Oregon. This grant will allow the center to hire a part-time massage therapist to provide four hours of 50-minute therapeutic massages a week to at least 200 clients over the course of a year.
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 on the Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.