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Massage Awareness Week: Celebrating the life and career of Paul Weston

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Paul Weston (right) is shown with Therapy Solutions Director Justin Minden (left) and Joe Vandal.

In celebration of Massage Awareness Week from Oct. 20-26, Gritman Medical Center is celebrating the life and career of Paul Weston.

Paul was a long-time massage therapist at Gritman. He passed away at Gritman on Aug. 2, 2019, from complications of ALS.

Paul started his massage career in 1997 by attending the Colorado Institute of Massage. He was hired at Gritman in 2005 as an integrative health/massage coordinator and was instrumental in building massage therapy services and programs for inpatient and outpatients.

He was active in the American Massage Therapy Association and served on the Idaho Chapter committee to get massage therapy licensure in Idaho. He served on the Massage Therapy Board and had the high distinction of holding Idaho Massage Therapy license No. 1.

Paul was passionate about massage therapy, especially sports massage. Paul provided sports massage at many Ironman and other triathlons, running and cycling events, the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He also traveled to conference championship tournaments with the University of Idaho swimming and diving team.

“The Gritman Massage Therapy Department is honored to have worked alongside Paul for 14 years,” the Gritman Massage Therapy team wrote in a note. “Paul was passionate and committed to providing education and compassionate care to our patients. The community of massage therapists are beyond grateful for his dedication, friendship and contributions to the field. His leadership and laughter are at the foundation of our successes and are the essence of what Massage Awareness Week is about.

“Paul, Thank you for everything. We hold you in our hearts!”