“International Peace Day is a significant date for us. For years, BCMT teachers have talked about their shared belief that massage – giving and receiving – helps create world peace," says Carol Brunelli, director of enrollment.
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) September 21, 2010
The Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) is kicking off its 35th birthday celebration today with a special commemoration of International Peace Day. Since the college’s founding in 1975, BCMT has worked hard to foster a learning environment that successfully blends educational excellence, community service and cultural and self-awareness. BCMT believes these attributes help their students cultivate their own inner desire for peace and ultimately, provides them with the tools to help share that peace with their clients.
“International Peace Day is a significant date for us. For years, BCMT teachers have talked about their shared belief that massage – giving and receiving – helps create world peace," says Carol Brunelli, director of enrollment and “Massage for Peace” coordinator.
In the words of BCMT instructor and bursar, Dona Hittinger, “Every time I touch a client, whether it is for relaxation or rehabilitation purposes, I know I have initiated a moment of peace within that individual. By bringing awareness to the individual of this initiation I know they will pass a little bit of peace on to someone else.”
BCMT has a long history of supporting international peace efforts, especially in conjunction with International Peace Day. On International Peace Day in 2007, BCMT developed “Massage for Peace” t-shirts and shared the proceeds from sales with the global yoga peace group, Global Mala Project. The following year, the BCMT Student Council raised funds for and dedicated a peace pole on the College campus. In 2009, ten members of the BCMT faculty, staff and alumni travelled to Dharamsala, India for the College’s first-ever international volunteer massage therapy training. Perhaps by coincidence, the first day of volunteer training was on September 21.
To commemorate International Peace Day 2010, BCMT will offer new t-shirts, new initiatives, and even more community service opportunities. At the fall graduation, College President, Jan Combs, announced BCMT’s newest recipient of proceeds from the sale of “Massage for Peace” tees: Lha Social Work. Founded in New Orleans, Lha is now fully-owned and operated by Tibetan refugees providing year-round language, computer, and massage therapy training to the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India. Later this fall, BCMT will also break ground on its “Sowing Seeds of Peace” on-campus community garden (by the peace pole), and establish a “Massage for Peace” committee to develop meaningful service opportunities for staff, faculty, and alumni for many more years to come.
About Boulder College of Massage Therapy
Founded in 1975, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) is an independent, not-for-profit massage therapy college offering an internationally recognized Massage Therapy Certificate Program, an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Massage Therapy, advanced certificates and continuing education courses. More than 4000 graduates in fifty states and 31 different countries turned to BCMT to help them achieve their career goals. As a not-for-profit organization, BCMT believes in educating people on the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and giving back to the community. As part of their training, BCMT students participate in service learning, providing thousands of hours of massage therapy services a year to individuals and organizations including the elderly, hospice and AIDS patients, breast cancer survivors, healthcare workers, rehabilitating animals, teachers, firefighters, and low-income individuals. In addition, BCMT’s student clinic offers more than 7,000 discounted massages every year. The Boulder College of Massage Therapy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education. Additional information on the college and its offerings can be viewed online at http://www.bcmt.org.