All I want for Christmas…

…is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service.

The Christmas when I was 4 years old I got a dollhouse made by my grandparents and the Barbie mobile home. It was a big year. I remember being so excited that I couldn’t decide which to play with first and I cried.

As an adult, I’ve gotten fancy lotions (don’t use ’em), fruitcake (yuck), and candles (me and fire shouldn’t mix, according to my acupuncturist). I even got a tube of self-tanner one year. Really, from a boyfriend’s mother. (She didn’t like me very much, apparently because I was so pale?) While I always appreciate the sentiment, such gifts usually end up in a donation basket and are quickly forgotten.

So what’s a client/friend/relation of mine to do? People who know me realize their gift-giving attempts are futile. I have everything I need and most of what I want. (Scratch that, I have everything I want since I picked up a perfect gray cashmere sweater on clearance last week.)

I’m asking for this: Please donate to the Massage Therapy Foundation. For me, there is no greater gift you can give than to support the research, education and community service opportunities for massage therapists. Give me job security, give me proof that my touch relieves pain or helps children with autism relax. Give me the funds to spend time at an elementary after-school program teaching kids how to relax and regroup, creating the next generation of educated massage consumers.

Remember that feeling you have when you leave a massage? Make a donation on behalf of your favorite massage therapist, and help more people feel that way for many years to come.

(Me in 1980. Pretty sure I used the sketchpad for writing. Go figure.)

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