Massage and Self Care at Joni and Friends Family Retreat

By Pressure Positive September 16, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Pressure Positive Company and the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks are partnering to bring hands on massage and self care to Joni and Friends International  Disability Center Family Retreat in Spruce Lake, PA.

Gilbertsville, PA July 29, 2011 – For several years, veteran and student massage therapists from the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodywork (AMTB) in Pottstown, PA have participated in one of several annual family retreats at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center Spruce Lake facility, organized by the Joni and Friends/Eastern Pennsylvania and Greater Philadelphia team.

The participating massage therapist volunteers provide 15 minute on site massage therapy sessions to family members in a relaxing and loving setting. For many family members and special needs children and adults this is the first opportunity they have had to experience the nurturing touch of massage. For others it is another relaxing interlude in an otherwise down home country atmosphere in the beautiful hills of the Pocono mountains.

The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodywork is a regular participant at this annual event and students receive credit for community service for attending. The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks is a PA State approved privately licensed school born from the ideals of Angela Pio Wagner and James Funk in their desire to educate and train dedicated individuals to provide the healing power of touch. They are committed to the advancement of students in the massage therapy and bodyworks fields and their ability to promote the health and well-being of humanity while providing educated awareness to the science and art of massage.

For many therapists who attend, it is the first time that they have had the opportunity to work with special needs individuals. Says Renee Gladieux Principe, a AMTB graduate and Director of Sales for The Pressure Positive Company, "I have had the chance to attend this event in the past and have been deeply touched by the love and kindness surrounding this wonderful organization. Everyone who laid down on our tables was appreciative and learned simple massage techniques to take home with them and practice on each other".

The Pressure Positive Company will be providing retreat participants with free samples of their Original Jacknobber II self care massage tools. Since 1982, The Pressure Positive Company has been designing and manufacturing unique massage therapy tools for the self-care of muscle pain.

At both the U.S. and International Family Retreats of Joni and Friends, persons with disabilities and their families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe and accessible family camp environment. They enjoy fully-accessible and age-appropriate fun activities, nourishment from hearty home-style meals, and fellowship through meaningful conversations from a network of families who understand the challenges of life with disability.


Renee Gladieux Principe, LMT, NCTMB

The Pressure Positive Company

Gilbertsville, PA 19525




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