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The World Massage Festival announces “The Massage Therapy Project”, born on the 4th of July, 2010.  It will be a project to preserve Massage History. 

This is an effort to compile a massage reference library and repository for massage-related literature, artifacts and history. Therapists, authors and instructors may submit their materials and become a part of Massage History. 

Many items from private collections will be housed in the repository for present day therapists and future generations to view and learn from, as well as items from independent sources, the World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

The WMF is reviewing several different locations across the country, as a possible home for the Project.  Do you have a suggestion for the location of the repository?  Please contact Mike Hinkle with the World Massage Festival with your input at
http://www.worldmassagefestival.com, festival@worldmassagefestival.com or 336-957-8997.

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What a Grand idea. I am sure that everyone can have some thoughts on the best location. We definitly need a place to keep our history though. GREAT to put it out there, now it can fly.
Hi Mike !
If not in the mountains of NC then I would think somewhere in the Central US, however being that Massage and Bodywork Professionals are all over the globe,this is going to be a tough one. I do not want to take away from our friends across either oceans. Peace Travis
You and Cindy come up with the most amazing ideas. Unity and Progress for the greatest numbers will definately come into play here, along with an overseer of the goods to be stored in a nice air conditioned building. The overseers will have a wealth of information at their hands. What a gift. Could also be a big job cataloging these special prizes. Dedicated volunteers for sure is needed here. Okay Powers that be, we are asking for a wonderful location to please be revealed and special folks to take this project on.
Okay world, Mike and Cindy have given us a great idea to share our profession Guyes in Asia and Europe need a place we can visit to, so think about it. Peace Travis

Travis Alligood said:
Hi Mike !
If not in the mountains of NC then I would think somewhere in the Central US, however being that Massage and Bodywork Professionals are all over the globe,this is going to be a tough one. I do not want to take away from our friends across either oceans. Peace Travis
Thanks Shawn! I have been thinking about it (like a lot of folks), but I'm tired of the talk. It is time to "motivate" the project!
Shawn Maria Brinza said:
What a Grand idea. I am sure that everyone can have some thoughts on the best location. We definitly need a place to keep our history though. GREAT to put it out there, now it can fly.
Doubt it will be in NC. But that would depend on who could step up with a nice facility. I am open to location. We just need a place to call "Home" for massage reference materials and artifacts.

Travis Alligood said:
Hi Mike !
If not in the mountains of NC then I would think somewhere in the Central US, however being that Massage and Bodywork Professionals are all over the globe,this is going to be a tough one. I do not want to take away from our friends across either oceans. Peace Travis
This isn't a new idea. When I came out of school I was thinking about it. Some said it would never be. Wrong thing to say to Mike. "Never," means you quit trying. I never quit!

Darcy Neibaur said:
You and Cindy come up with the most amazing ideas. Unity and Progress for the greatest numbers will definately come into play here, along with an overseer of the goods to be stored in a nice air conditioned building. The overseers will have a wealth of information at their hands. What a gift. Could also be a big job cataloging these special prizes. Dedicated volunteers for sure is needed here. Okay Powers that be, we are asking for a wonderful location to please be revealed and special folks to take this project on.
Was my first thought also. Colorado is a really interesting place for massage. The state has really taken to therapists and vice-versa. We shall see. I want to hear from therapists first.

Rick Morgan said:
My suggestion is looking at some of the teaching institutions. A lot of historical repositories are housed at universities. They tend to be long lived and have space to house or build a "museum" Personally, I'm thinking Boulder College of Massage Therapy- they have been a non-profit teaching institute for over 30 years and are centrally (almost) located.
All massage information will be welcome. It will be an asset to the profession.

Travis Alligood said:
Okay world, Mike and Cindy have given us a great idea to share our profession Guyes in Asia and Europe need a place we can visit to, so think about it. Peace Travis

Travis Alligood said:
Hi Mike !
If not in the mountains of NC then I would think somewhere in the Central US, however being that Massage and Bodywork Professionals are all over the globe,this is going to be a tough one. I do not want to take away from our friends across either oceans. Peace Travis
Mike, I think Judy Calvert has a History of Massage display - nice stuff. Be sure to hook up with her on this one.
Thanks Susan. I have been with Judi for four years. Her collections could be some of the artifacts included if she wishes. There are many others that have expressed a need for this enity as well. Some have kept early papers from the early years of the Associations. And many have magazines and other items. It will be great to finally have a "Home for Massage!" Hope you will submit a copy of all your works as well.

Susan G. Salvo said:
Mike, I think Judy Calvert has a History of Massage display - nice stuff. Be sure to hook up with her on this one.
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Well, of course I have to vote for my own city, Las Vegas, Nevada.

What could be a better location for something so profound than Sin City?

In the heart of 'what happens in 'vegas stays in 'vegas' would be the Massage Therapy Project!

Tackle the tough locations first! I mean, aren't we all about educating the masses??? That's all I seem to read about now-a-days....the band of brothers and sisters of fellow MT's to educate and save the world! Let us tackle their ignorance and lay our healing hands upon them until they see the light!

(Shakes head to clear the cobwebs out) Oh, sorry, I've been dealing with nut-job extremists today....

Kris

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