The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage (MSTM) in Makawao will host a fundraising event and Wellness Day for the Livestrong Foundation, which works to raise awareness of cancer and support healthy lifestyles for cancer survivors.
Livestrong Day, Saturday, Oct. 2, is the anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s cancer diagnosis and a global day of action, when groups around the world will gather to celebrate survivorship and commit to working towards a world without cancer.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage at 1043 Makawao Ave, Ste. 207, will host activities to help cancer survivors celebrate, including a hike in Makawao Forest Reserve.
The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in Makawao will hold a special fundraising massage therapy event on Saturday, Oct. 2, offering one-hour massage sessions with the proceeds going to the Livestrong Foundation.
The school will also offer a special fundraising massage therapy event, offering one-hour massage sessions with the proceeds going to the Livestrong Foundation. Appointments, which will be scheduled at 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m., may be made in advance by calling 572-2277.
A Community Ear Acupuncture clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with donations also going to the Livestrong Foundation.
In addition, presentations will be offered on wellness activities specifically for cancer survivors. These activities are available through MSTM’s Massage Therapy Clinic and Wellness Center. The clinic offers advanced forms of massage and body therapies including lomi lomi, reflexology, deep tissue massage, cranial-sacral therapy and structural bodywork. Asian bodywork modalities include acupuncture, shiatsu, qi gong exercise, and a special community clinic for cancer survivors utilizing ear acupuncture for treating trauma and stress.
MSTM’s Wellness Center also offers six-week group programs in wellness and stress management aimed at supporting clients in creating healthy lifestyle habits with healthy nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and tools for “bodymind” fitness.
MSTM Director Jim Hackett is a cancer survivor, which is part of his motivation for holding Livestrong Day and offering special services for cancer survivors. “I completed my cancer treatments five years ago, which included going through surgery and five months of chemotherapy,” he said. “I’m thankful for what modern medicine has to offer in treating cancer, as it helped cure me. But I was also glad to know about alternative and complementary therapies in dealing with my cancer. Things like massage, nutrition, qi gong (Chinese internal exercise and breathing which is taught to cancer patients in hospitals in China) really helped me get through the process.”
The school’s Student Massage Clinic offers massage to the general public—an affordable choice for those who cannot easily afford treatment. Massages are administered under the supervision of a clinic supervisor. The professional clinic is also staffed with licensed and experienced therapists who have received specific training in oncology massage and are trained to work with clients with special needs.