I have always volunteered in some fashion as a decent human being. Since I’ve been a massage therapist, there are more opportunities for volunteerism. So why do I volunteer?
Why do I Volunteer?
First and foremost, it’s about giving back to the community in which I live. Whether it’s for a good cause or in some cases, make a friend look good with their peers. Many clients that are part of a non-profit asks for complimentary massage gift certificates. This is a great way to advertise, but also allows the non-profit to raise money. I have no problem volunteering my time for a good cause, especially if my client believes in that cause.
Secondly, I volunteer to help the Massage profession and massage community. Our profession is always at risk of not being covered by insurance, prostitution, and human trafficking. Yes many places off ill repute are usually human trafficking fronts. By volunteering my time to educate the public, I make our profession stronger.
Free Healing Clinic – Tacoma
Healing touch institute in Tacoma is my most way to volunteer. Giving Massages to the under insured. Here I am practicing my CranioSacral work. It allows me to help people as well as hone my technique. Craniosacral work is very rewarding. Finding the person’s cranial rhythm can be a reward in itself. But after finding that rhythm and helping their body adjust to what it needs is more than a reward. Free Healing Clinic is on the Third Friday of every month from 12 – 5 PM. Located at Intuitive Mind training facility 2709 Bridgeport Way W, Tacoma, WA.
Our Massage Association here in WA is made up of volunteer massage therapist throughout the state. I was on the Massage Emergency Response Team since 2004. We were called out to disaster sites to help the responders recoup from the day’s work and get back out on the field when needed. I currently reside as the Secretary of the Board for AMTA-WA. The national organization has staff that run everything but here in WA we have events and meetings for continuing education. I have taught at these events as well as volunteer help in running the operations during the events. Not only do I get to meet other massage therapists from all parts of the state, but also get to firsthand knowledge of legislation changing the profession.
My Own Practice
I know there are many under insured individuals out there. I tend to give out free massages when I see the need. If you know someone that needs a free massage, you should send me a note through my contact form and let me know why and how to contact that person. I’m not a big believer in Karma, but helping someone with an issue or pain, is a reward like no other. In the past I’ve done Teachers Appreciation Week, Nurses Appreciation Week, American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Lupus Walk on Alki. All great causes.
Feel free to leave a comment on how you volunteer below! If you know someone that is under insured and needing a massage, please use my contact form to let me know.