'Massage for Peace' Public Event Supports UN International Peace Day Efforts

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Students of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT), a leader in massage therapy education, will be planting a Peace Pole on the grounds of the college located at 6255 Longbow Drive in Boulder, Colorado, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2008. This "Massage for Peace" event is open to the general public and coincides with BCMT's graduation ceremony. You are invited to join more than 200 massage therapy graduates, friends and family to support the efforts of the United Nations International Peace Day, which occurs the very next day on Sunday, September 21, 2008 (http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/).

"This 'Massage for Peace' event is Boulder College of Massage Therapy's contribution towards a harmonious earth," said Jan Combs, president of BCMT. The Peace Pole planting is part of a larger campaign to support Boulder College of Massage Therapy's service-learning program as well as peace efforts throughout the world. The Peace Pole is crafted out of cedar, bearing the inscription "may peace prevail on earth" in English, Spanish, Japanese, American Sign Language (ASL), and Braille. Several area businesses donated to this event including Sutherlands Lumber, Sturtz & Copeland, and McGuckins Hardware.

In addition to the Peace Pole planting, Boulder College of Massage Therapy and Tees For Change have teamed up to produce "Massage for Peace" t-shirts made from sustainable bamboo. The cost is $30 per shirt. 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales benefit the Boulder College of Massage Therapy service program and the Global Mala Project (www.globalmala.org). The purpose of the Global Mala is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices as the yoga world's offering to further the UN International Peace Day. "Massage for Peace" t-shirts will be sold September 21-28, 2008 at the Yoga Journal conference in Estes Park at the Tees For Change booth.

"'Massage for Peace' represents the simple act of reaching out and touching someone in need. Extending the love, care, and respect that comes from nurturing touch to another human being is a gift that enriches life and eases suffering," commented Carol Brunelli, Director of Enrollment & Services. "These t-shirts proclaim to others a message of hope — that we can create peace in this world one touch, one massage at a time."

About Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Founded in 1975, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) is an independent, not-for-profit massage therapy college offering an internationally recognized 1000-Hour Massage Therapy Certificate Program, an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Massage Therapy, advanced certificates and continuing education courses. More than 4000 graduates in fifty states and 26 different countries turned to BCMT to help them achieve their career goals. As a not-for-profit organization, BCMT believes in educating people on the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and giving back to the community. As part of their training, BCMT students participate in service learning, providing thousands of hours of massage therapy services a year to individuals and organizations including the elderly, hospice and AIDS patients, breast cancer survivors, healthcare workers, rehabilitating animals, teachers, firefighters, and low-income individuals.

In addition, BCMT's student clinic offers more than 7,000 discounted massages every year. The Boulder College of Massage Therapy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education. Additional information on the college and its offerings can be viewed online at www.bcmt.org.

SOURCE Boulder College of Massage Therapy