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

    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.

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