Hands-on support at major incidents.(Rest UK)

The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001 affected and changed many peoples' lives in many different ways. At the time we never imagined that we would be able to help in some small way by offering "hands on" support to the New York emergency services. Neither could we foresee that this experience would lead to us establishing Britain's first emergency response massage team.

A month after the disaster, I received an email asking for volunteer massage therapists to work with a team in New York giving stress relief to the rescue workers who were already working 12 hour days, seven days a week. As an aromatherapist and massage therapist, I immediately replied to the email offering not just my help but also that of my friend, Lynne Woods.

We contacted the team leader lot the New York assignment, Doug E Rasmusson. Doug is also the leader of a volunteer massage team in North Carolina known as CERMT, (Carolina Emergency Response Massage Team). Doug's experience with rescue workers began in Oklahoma after the bombing in 1996. …

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