I have covered, in reporting for MASSAGE Magazine, countless stories of massage therapists who have reached out to help people who have been affected by disaster. It seems nothing—including flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, hurricane or terrorist attack—will keep massage therapists away from providing healing touch to survivors and rescue personnel. In fact, it is in the most challenging of times that massage professionals rally, proving to be superheroes of health and healing.

So, I feel deeply touched to witness how the massage profession has begun to reach out to its own. More and more, fundraising and organized giving is being coordinated to assist massage professionals facing health challenges and the effects of disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

Now, in the immediate aftermath of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, which killed 24 people, caused $2.2 billion in damage and devastated homes and businesses, at least two organizations are collecting funds to help massage-and-spa professionals impacted by the storm.

Get Well OK was launched a couple of days ago by Sacred Fig private-labeling company.  “The funds raised …  will be used to help wellness, spa and salon providers meet their basic needs by providing emergency aid for food, housing and support,” a statement on the website www.getwellok.org reads.

Massage Without Borders is collecting donations to help massage therapists in the area. “Oklahoma was devastated by a tornado. Many lost their homes. MWB is working with our colleagues to see how we can best serve,” states the organization’s homepage at www.massagewithoutborders.org.

MASSAGE Magazine has contributed to Massage Without Borders, and we’ll continue to bring you information about the good work being done by this organization and others that are working to strengthen the massage community and raise up the colleagues who need our help.

I encourage you to donate to the groups that are directly helping your massage colleagues. Simply click on one, or both, of the links above and make a donation today.