Massage fundraiser planned Thursday
A group of local massage therapists and reflexologists will offer 10-minute stress-reducing massages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Jamestown Business Center.
The massage therapists will be set up in the east end courtyard area of the business center.
Organized by Michelle Kinzler and Terri Rosemore, owners of Therapeutic Massage Works and Body and Mind Therapeutic Massage, respectively, a minimum donation of $10 is asked. All proceeds go to buy food for the Community Action Region VI weekend Backpack Orogram.
The Backpack Program started the first weekend in October. Volunteers and staff at Community Action Region VI fill 60 to 70 backpacks each week with enough food to feed a student through a weekend. The backpacks are then given to elementary school students in need in Jamestown, who return them the following Monday.
Kinzler said 10 license massage therapists will participate in the fundraiser. One massage therapist who couldn't attend is bringing baked goods for a bake sale that is being held in conjunction with the massage fundraiser.
"Noridian (Administrative Services) has held a bake sale on the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.," Kinzler said. "We wanted to help out with that (the bake sale) so we're going to have baked goods for sale from 10 a.m. until we run out."
Last year the Noridian bake sale and the massage therapy fundraiser raised a total of $1,981 for the backpack program.
"We're hoping we can top that number this year," Kinzler said.
Three or four massage therapists will be available starting at 10 a.m., with nine on duty by noon.
Kinzler said all 10 therapists should be working around 1:30 p.m.
"We're all volunteers, and we've asked the therapists to donate as much time as they can," she said.
This is the fourth year for the fundraiser. Kinzler said they usually get a bit of a rush between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as that is when people are taking their lunch breaks.
"Last year we had people waiting around some during the lunch hour and we want to avoid that as much as possible," Kinzler said.
Rosemore said this week, Oct. 20-26, is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, and the state chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association had asked local therapists to do some outreach work to the community in years past.
"We used to go around to different businesses and offer free massages," Rosemore said.
More recently the state group has been holding charity fundraiser events during awareness week.
"We followed suit four years ago, and it (the event) has grown more popular each year," she said.
Rosemore said people will receive some choices for their 10-minute treatment. Customers may choose between sitting in a massage chair, or laying on a massage table.
"The chairs can be difficult for elderly people, or for someone with a bad back," she said.
People may also choose between a massage or a session with a reflexologist. Rosemore said reflexology is a form of acupuncture where controlled pressure is applied to the feet, hands or ears to relieve stress.
Rosemore said the event is a good way for massage therapists to get the word out about their business, and raise money for a good cause.
For more information about the fundraiser, call Rosemore at 252-4698 or Kinzler at 952-2629.
Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org