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; and
Whereas The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020; and
Whereas Consumers spend in excess of $2 to $4 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 55,000 member professional association for massage therapists, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the The American Massage Therapy Association, consisting of over 3,500 members, provide consumer and professional education information on massage and help consumers and health professionals locate qualified massage therapists in their areas,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts do hereby proclaim the week of October 20th-26th, 2013, 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 eight day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth