Feel Good and Help Others from Home

May 14, 2011

How great is an at-home massage? How much better would it be if your payment benefited charity?

Chicagoan Heide Metzger has created Massages For Charity International (MFCI), in which she connects massage therapists with people who want to host in-home massage parties to benefit a particular cause.

Each person at the party pays $50 for a half-hour massage and then 50 percent of that goes to the charity of your choice.

Happy smiling female getting massageIf you get a minimum of eight paying guests at a party, the host gets his or her half-hour massage for free.

Metzger has so far raised more than $20,000 for individuals in need and charitable organizations. As a result, she was named Woman of the Week by Chicago’s LITE-FM 93.9, and she was mentioned in the January issue of Redbook magazine and in the October 2010 issue of Massage Magazine.

“Since those articles, we have been happily scrambling to find therapists nationwide,” Metzger said. “We currently have several around the country, including Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Iowa.”

Massage therapists can become involved with MFCI by signing up to be a member and paying the $24.95 monthly subscription fee. Membership provides therapists with leads in their area of residents who want to host massage parties.

There are also two upcoming fund-raising events in River Forest. On May 22, the massage party will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project Soldier Ride, and on June 3, Massage For Charity will raise funds for Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership.

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