Ontario Massage Therapist Association

Ontario Massage Therapist Association

October 17, 2005 12:02 ET

Discover The Benefits Of Massage Therapy And Help Feed the Community one Massage at a Time; Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 17 to 23

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2005) - Ontario's Massage Therapists invite you to discover the benefits of massage therapy during Massage Therapy Awareness Week, October 17 to 23, 2005.

"Massage Therapy Awareness Week is an annual event to heighten awareness of the benefits of massage therapy and the role Massage Therapists play as members of the health care team. This year, the week will focus on the benefits of massage during pregnancy," said Iain Robertson, RMT, and President of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association (OMTA). "This is the first time that the Ontario Massage Therapist Association has partnered with the Ontario Association of Food Banks and local food banks to raise awareness of the struggle to ensure that everyone has enough food to live. This is an opportunity for Massage Therapists to give back to their local communities through fundraising efforts. This is also a chance for those who benefit from having a Massage Therapist on their health care team to give sustenance and nourishment to those who in need."

Massage Therapists across Ontario will be conducting outreach programs in their communities and will accepting cash donations for to the local food bank. Donors will receive a brief 5-minutes massage. Massage Therapists will also be undertaking a 'Round Up' fundraising campaign in their offices and clinics throughout the week. Clients will be invited to "round up" their payment with the proceeds again going to the local food bank.

Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain.

This week is an opportunity for the public to discover what massage therapy has to offer while also helping those in need in their community. If you have a Massage Therapist as part of your health care team, join in the week-long celebration of massage therapy in Ontario by making an appointment.

If you don't already have a family Massage Therapist, here's your opportunity to add a RMT to your health care team. Finding a Massage Therapist is easy:

- Visit www.RMTfind.ca or call 1-888-RMT-FIND to find a Registered Massage Therapist near you

- Massage Therapists are listed in the yellow pages (Massage Therapists - Reg'd)

- Ask a friend or family member

- Ask your Physician, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, or Dietitian.

The Ontario Massage Therapist Association (OMTA) is the professional voice of massage therapy. Established in 1936, the OMTA is a member driven, non-profit association that provides leadership for and advocates on behalf of the profession. The OMTA advances the profession of massage therapy by promoting a professional image to the public, educational institutions, the government, business and other health care professions.



MASSAGE THERAPY AWARENESS WEEK FACT SHEET

WHAT: "Feeding the Community one Massage at a Time" in celebration of
Massage Therapy Awareness Week (MTAW)

Community Massage Fundraising Clinics

"The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage" presentations

Round Up Fundraising Campaign

WHEN: OCTOBER 17 - 23, 2005

WHO: Registered Massage Therapists, the Ontario Massage Therapist
Association (OMTA) and its local Chapters in partnership with
the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

WHAT: The OMTA, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Food
Banks, will launch a campaign entitled "Feeding the Community
One Massage at a Time" in celebration of Massage Therapy
Awareness Week.

Massage Therapy Awareness Week is an annual event to heighten
awareness of the benefits of massage therapy and the role
Massage Therapists play as members of the health care team.
This year, the week will focus in particular on the benefits
of massage during pregnancy.

The OMTA, through its local Chapters, will host a number of
exciting events including massage therapy clinics, local
presentations on the benefits of massage during pregnancy
and two fundraising initiatives in partnership with the
Ontario Association of Food Banks.

The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage presentations - The 2005
MTAW focuses on the benefits of massage during pregnancy.
Representatives of the local Chapter of the Ontario Massage
Therapist Association will be hosting a presentation about
Pregnancy and Massage. This is an opportunity to learn more
about the safety and benefits of massage therapy for both
mother to be and unborn child. Donations for the local food
bank will be accepted.

Community Massage Fundraising Clinics - Representatives of
the local Chapter of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association
will be hosting a community massage clinic in celebration of
Massage Therapy Awareness Week. This is a great opportunity
for the community to experience the benefits of massage therapy
while also donating to the local food bank through the OMTA.

'Round Up' Fundraising Campaign - Registered Massage Therapists
across the Province who are members of the OMTA will be
supporting food banks through a 'Round Up' Fundraising
campaign. All clients visiting participating Massage Therapists
can round up their payments in order to donate funds to the
local food bank through the OMTA.

WHY: As part of province-wide activities to celebrate Massage
Therapy Awareness Week, the Ontario Massage Therapist
Association, through its members individually and local
chapters, wants to highlight the benefits of massage therapy;
this year focuses on the safety and benefits of massage during
pregnancy.

This is the first time that the Ontario Massage Therapist
Association has partnered with the Ontario Association of Food
Banks and local food banks to raise awareness of the struggle
to ensure that everyone has enough food to live. This is an
opportunity for Massage Therapists to give back to their local
communities through fundraising efforts. This is also a chance
for those who benefit from having a Massage Therapist on their
health care team to give sustenance and nourishment to those
who in need.

Massage Therapists across Ontario will be conducting outreach
programs in their communities and will accepting cash
donations for to the local food bank. Donors will receive a
brief 5-minutes massage. Massage Therapists will also be
undertaking a 'Round Up' fundraising campaign in their offices
and clinics throughout the week. Clients will be invited to
'round up' their payment with the proceeds again going to the
local food bank.

This week is an opportunity for the public to discover what
massage therapy has to offer while also helping those in need
in their community.

PRESENTED The Ontario Massage Therapist Association (OMTA):
BY

The OMTA is the professional voice of massage therapy.
Established in 1936, the OMTA is a member driven, non-profit
association that provides leadership for and advocates on
behalf of the profession. The OMTA advances the profession
of massage therapy by promoting a professional image to the
public, educational institutions, the government, business
and other health care professions.

Contact Andrew Parr
Information Ontario Massage Therapist Association
Tel: 416-979-2010
E-mail: andrew@omta.com



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