Massage Warehouse Sanctuary Makes Contribution to Touch Research Institute, MASSAGE MagazineBolingbrook, IL. Massage Warehouse Sanctuary made a charitable contribution of $6,200 to Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute, during the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention in Orlando, Florida.

“We are pleased to support Dr. Tiffany Field in her mission at the Touch Research Institute to demonstrate the important role of therapeutic touch and massage on the growth, development, and well-being of people at all stages of life from newborns to the elderly,” stated Earl DeCarli, president and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent company of Massage Warehouse. “Her groundbreaking research concerning the power of massage to enhance and improve the development and growth of premature infants has dramatically impacted the care of premature babies for nearly 30 years. Since founding the Touch Research Institute in 1992 at the University of Miami, Dr. Field has proven how massage aids with the bone formation and immune function of newborns as well as alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, pain, depression, asthma, diabetes and autoimmune conditions in adults.

“Through our philanthropic arm, Massage Warehouse Sanctuary, we have a long history of supporting a number of worthy organizations, foundations and research efforts,” continued DeCarli. “We are honored that our contribution to the Touch Research Institute will be used to assist Dr. Field and her team with their research surrounding the healing touch of massage on depressed pregnant women as well as the health benefits to their unborn babies such as higher birth weights and fewer premature deliveries.”

“I am incredibly grateful to be able to continue our research in such a significant manner due to the support of Massage Warehouse Sanctuary,” stated Field. “I cannot truly express my appreciation of their funding provided over the last several years.”

Funds for the donation came from corporate sponsors as well as donations in the form of prize raffle purchases by recent FSTMA trade show attendees.

Sponsors include:

  • Massage Warehouse
  • Biofreeze/Performance Health
  • Bon Vital
  • Core Products
  • Kinesio
  • Massage and Bodywork Magazine
  • MASSAGE Magazine
  • MPA Media
  • Oakworks
  • Soothing Touch
  • Sa Wan

About the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary

Massage Warehouse Sanctuary is the philanthropic arm of Massage Warehouse, the leading supplier and one-stop shop for massage therapy professionals in the U.S. Massage Warehouse is a division of Scrip Companies, a leading specialty distributor serving the massage therapy, spa, chiropractic, physical therapy/rehabilitation and consumer home health and wellness markets in North America.

About the Touch Research Institute

The Touch Research Institute is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. Studies by the Touch Research Institute have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects, including that massage therapy facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, enhances attentiveness, alleviates depressive symptoms, reduces pain, reduces stress hormones and improves immune function.