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Kudos and Kindess: Thank you to massage therapists

Thank you to three beautiful massage therapists for volunteering their precious time at a first responders’ educational program on “Burnout to Balance.”

As an emergency room nurse and first responder myself, I would not be able to reach balance without massage. As I began preparing to teach the class on Dec. 8 at one of our local fire stations, I imagined presenting the topic of being “stress-out” by many things in our daily lives and having massage therapists there to help release tension that accumulates.

Emergency Responders care for patients each day and we easily neglect caring for ourselves and our own therapeutic touch, even though we easily offer kind words and touch to our patients we care for and our colleagues at work. We recognize stress easily in others and we know what it feels like when we sleep poorly, have our own financial stress and miss a couple of meals at work due to continued care for our patients.

So when I imagined massage therapists coming to care for my colleagues and help release accumulated stress, while I gave tips on managing the basics of stress, I made the call. Without a moment’s hesitation, three loving masseurs, Autum Gelfand, Tihisha Vaccaiah and Danielle Chopp easily agreed to donating their talented and precious hands to nurses, fire fighters and paramedics. As we do for our patients in need, so did Autumn, Tihisha and Danielle.

We are truly grateful in a society judged as impatient, fast moving and tense, that these three women loved all of us, who most they had never met, to lay their healing hands on us. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Tamara Burns

Nurse, Barton Health Emergency Department

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