Touching message ahead of National Massage Day

Massage therapists in the Leighton-Linslade area want to promote the positive effects of human touch as part of National Massage Day on Friday.

Gill Tree, founder of the Essentials for Health massage school, this year launched her manifesto for a Pro-Touch Society and is organising a conga line from St Thomas’ Hospital in London to the Houses of Parliament to highlight their cause.

Stewkley-based therapist Annette Gesoff has more than 20 years of experience in the field and believes in the importance of the event’s message.

She said: “The long-term aim is to get medical professionals to help recognise the powers 
of massage. People think of it as a luxury and a pampering session.

“There’s much more to massage than that and that’s what this is aimed at. There has been a lot in the press about inappropriate touch and it’s to promote that there is an acceptable form.

“It’s aimed at trying to educate people that massage is not necessarily a luxury, it can be part of preventative treatments.”

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> A mobile massage therapist in Leighton-Linslade hopes to use National Massage Day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual Night In.

Tracey Field, who runs Feet First Reflexology, volunteers on a fortnightly basis at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, offering complementary therapies to cancer sufferers. Unable to attend the ‘Pro-Touch’ conga line in London, she has decided to donate £5 to Macmillan for every reflexology treatment she gives between May 12 and 23.

She said: “It’s a working day so I wasn’t going to be able to join in, and I already knew that it was Night In for Macmillan. They are trying to encourage people to get together for a night in and whatever people save from not going out they donate. I volunteer on a fortnightly basis at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the cancer unit does a lot of fundraising so I thought it would be a good way to tie the two things in.”

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