Massage and music merged on Market Street in West Philadelphia during the R&B Fest on a mid-September Saturday sponsored by the Partnership Community Development Corporation.
The R&B Fest street festival was held to raise awareness over a variety of community concerns like better utilization of community resources. The fest, held in the 4000 block of Market Street, featured music, food and various organizations that wished to reach out to community members.
One of those organizations literally reaching-out was the Stone Bridge Wellness Center that provided free massages for persons attending the fest.
Stone Bridge, while located in Center City, is working to reach out to the West Philadelphia community to help people learn more about healthy living. Participating in the R&B Fest was a way for Stone Bridge to physically be a presence for residents of West Philadelphia.
Lauren Purdin, a massage therapist for Stone Bridge, said there is nothing she loves more than seeing a smile on people’s faces. “I absolutely love giving massages to people that normally wouldn’t be able to afford it.”
Tyron Carter was one of those people touched by Purdin. “I’m feeling good after that!” Carter said with a smile on his face.
Stone Bridge Wellness owner Dr. Beth Snyder said, “My office believes if you have a problem that we can help you with and you want the care enough, then we will make it happen. So we never want finances to be a deterrent to get the health care that they need.”