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    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    David is getting closer to stepping on what is known as the holy-grail for most runners…the start line for the 2016 Boston Marathon. With the help of his corporate partner, Massage Warehouse David is training for a world class event. David also has been using some of their wonderful products as part of his training regimen. 

    David is running on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Support his Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto

    You are getting closer to hitting the start line for the Boston Marathon. You are about 40% to your fundraising goal. Are you doing anything unique to reach your final goal? How are your supporters reacting to your cause?

     Every opportunity to ask someone in person for a donation for the Foundation is a unique opportunity – this is the part of my journey to Boston that is challenging and rewarding at the same time. People with whom I am also friends on Facebook and follow on Twitter see me in real life and ask “How is the running going?”. They recognize me from my running posts and I tell the impact that they have when donating to the Foundation. The individual conversations are great and give me the chance to ask them to donate to my campaign. It is the unique interactions on social media that help me reach MORE people that can help me get to my fundraising goal. Videos that I produce, responding to comments, and asking people to share the love are also unique features of what I am doing daily to keep the excitement going! I love sharing my experiences along the way – my journey to Boston is a way to get support for the Foundation and get to hear “Good luck running the Boston Marathon, David!”

    40% is a Wonderful place to be in – 100% is BETTER! 100% provides the Foundation with the tools to share research iniatives with massage therapy professionals

    It is REALLY important that the MTF has the opportunity to continue to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.  The Massage Therapy Foundation raises funds that come from people – people like you and me – and from the people that are Team MTF’s corporate partners like Massage Warehouse. The MTF depends on people to continue its work to move the massage therapy profession forward.

    Please help me reach my $10,000 Goal Today!

     

    Your runs are getting longer leading up to race day. The Theraband Exercise Ball is great for maximizing stretching and increasing flexibility. It is also great for strengthening the abdomen, back, thighs, and legs. Do you feel that it is a good addition to your training regimen?

    Most-definitely! Theraband’s Exercise Ball is, to me, as a runner, like Linus to his blanket. It is comfort training!  I do a couple of the general stretching exercises for my post-run recovery and core stability for prep to have a strong trunk for long-run endurance. Getting into and maintaining natural spine positioning is my goal and the ball helps me do that comfortably!

     

     

    The  Lotus Touch Body Scrub is great after a massage or as a stand-alone treatment to keep your skin healthy. With the constant weather change, how do you feel it keeps your skin in good condition during your training?

    I am using the Green Tea Lemongrass Scrub in the shower daily to help defer the drying effects of (sweat) salt on my skin, which is increasing in frequency as the weather gets warmer. I dehydrate a lot quicker in the field and am drinking more water on my runs. Augmenting my skin care regimen with a sugar scrub has made my skin smoother and more hydrated with the essential and basic oils in the scrub AND gotten several comments about how good it smells. Having worked in a spa environment, I can see how this scrub could add to a skin care package and be on a menu that features a more-complete bodywork experience!

     

    You can purchase these wonderful massage supplies from Massage Warehouse.

    You can support David’s efforts on his journey to Boston here.

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse massage therapy supply, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

    David Otto Q & A – Running for the Massage Therapy Profession

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    David J. Otto is preparing to run an experience of a lifetime…the 2016 Boston Marathon. He is running on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation as part of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.

    Support David’s Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto

    Recovery and self-care are an important part of any training program. Find out more about David and how he is incorporating some products from Massage Warehouse. Massage Warehouse is David’s corporate partner, and they are helping to make his dream of running Boston a reality.

    Q: You are raising funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation. How is that going? Are you doing anything unique as a part of your fundraising efforts?

    A: Raising funds for the Foundation is turning out to be pretty fun so far! I came into the program with the expectation that I could do a lot of it online and with community-based events that would generate funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF).

    Word of mouth is certainly a method that I am using with my family, friends and clients .Although it is not so unique, I have decided to add handing out a business-card-sized ‘flyer’ – which is an invitation to donate, learn more about the MTF, and a thank you. My personal conversations with each person can blossom into more sharing opportunities for spreading the word of my fundraising efforts.

    I have been SO fortunate to have the support of several colleagues that are also fundraising on my behalf.,: Collette Wilson is doing a “bake sale” and donating the value of “one [of her] retail massage” prices every week for a couple of months…and several Facebook Friends took her up on her public challenge in one way or another. Ariana’s personal time in organizing official meetups for my fundraising events and being my Trade Partner for recovery massage therapy during my training is another example of supporting me in my dream of running in the 120th Boston Marathon. Many, many Facebook and Twitter friends and organizations Share and Re-Tweet my constant updates – my workouts, event announcements, blog entries – so creating, having, and maintaining those relationships is part of my fund- and awareness-raising strategy.

    Right now, that is what I have been doing but it is still a challenge and I need your help. Please consider making a donation to my campaign. Your support – no matter what the amount – would mean the world to me but more importantly, your donation advances the practice of massage therapy through research, education and community service. That is the mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation and the reason why I am raising funds – and running the Boston Marathon.

    Q: Are there any special donors that you would like to thank?

    It is really difficult to say a particular, individual donor is ‘special’ – EVERY donor is special in my book! I try to Thank (profusely!) Every donation is appreciated!

    Massage Warehouse carries a host of product and service professionals that are really caring about not only the massage therapy profession but also the professionals. As my corporate partner during my journey to the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, I have the pleasure of working directly with this great team. I cannot express my gratitude enough for their involvement.

    Q: You mentioned last week that you are incorporating weekly massage treatments. What else are you doing as part of your regular recovery routine?

    A: SLEEP! And “napping, while getting a massage” is optimal!

    I am starting to incorporate a lubricant in my massage that reduces inflammation, Soothing Touch’s Muscle Comfort Massage Cream. Lubricants like sports gels and oils or creams infused with arnica, olive oil, and/or eucalyptus for example, can help me be more resilient, experience less pain due to [systemic] inflammation, and feel invigorated, to name a few benefits I have experienced.

    And SLEEP! Letting my body do all its natural, metabolic processes is a very important part of my recovery – and preparatory – regimen. Making sure I am getting 7-8 hours per night is a challenge for me – and not always successful – but I am aware of my particular need and do everything to make it a quality recovery technique.