Recruiting Volunteer Massage Therapists

Massage therapy is one remedial treatment in the growing array of complimentary therapists used by people with HIV/AIDS to maintain their health and to treat symptoms associated with HIV disease and some side effects from medications used to treat primary HIV infection and prevent opportunistic infections. To this end, the HIV Wellness Center is recruiting volunteer massage therapists to meet the growing demand for client services. We also welcome inquiries from other licensed professionals such as those providing chiropractic care, bio-feedback, credentialed group facilitators and registered nutritionists. The availability of client services at the HIV Wellness Center relies on contributions from licensed/registered therapists, and can be obtained by calling John at 476-0088.

The benefits of massage therapy for people affected by HIV/AIDS include relief from pain in sore muscles, release of tensions in the body, and a toning of the skin and muscles. Additional benefits include increases in nutrition and oxygen from the blood which assist in the healing process, and contribute to a heightened sense of overall vitality. Stimulation of the blood and lymph system assist in the release of metabolic wastes that may accumulate in the body due to overwork, tension, fatigue, and medication.

The HIV Wellness Center offers massage therapy to clients at low or no cost. All therapists are licensed professionals who are sensitive to the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. They donate their time so that those affected by HIV/AIDS may live more comfortable, vital lives. For information on accessing massage services at HIV Wellness Center, or to volunteer as a massage therapist, call 467-0088, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm.

W. John Waara

Client Services Coordinator

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