Whereas therapeutic massage can benefit people of all ages; and
Whereas Research has shown massage may be helpful in controlling pain, relieving stress, boosting immune system functioning and reducing heart rate and blood pressure. Massage therapy benefits have also been studied on people with low back pain, migraines and on AIDS and cancer patients, among others; and
Whereas According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations and that employment will grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy; and
Whereas Consumers are spending in excess of $6 to $11 billion annually on massage therapy and, recognizing the benefits of massage therapy, insurance companies now cover such services; and
Whereas The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) a 56,000 member professional association for massage therapists, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the The American Massage Therapy Association, consisting of over 2,800 members, provide consumer and professional education information on massage and help consumers and health professionals locate qualified massage therapists in their areas; and
Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts do hereby proclaim the week of October 23rd-29th, 2016, to be
Massage Therapy Awareness Week
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of October, in the year two thousand and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and fortieth.
By His Excellency
Charles D. Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth
Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth