Massage therapists across the U.S. are using National Massage Therapy Awareness Week to promote massage therapy and educate the public on the benefits of massage. From free seated-massage sessions to raising money for charity to effecting mayoral declarations and more, this week, created by the American Massage Therapy Association, is in full swing across the nation.
• In Jameston, North Dakota, massage therapists and reflexologists will offer 10-minute sessions for $10 each, to raise money for the local Community Action Region IV Weekend Backpack Program, which “ensures that any child can receive a backpack to supplement his/her diet over the weekend,” according to The Jamestown Sun newspaper. “Each Friday, participating schools provide these children with backpacks filled with nutritious, non-perishable, easy-open food items.”
• In Kansas City, Missouri, Cortiva Institute–Seattle School of Massage Therapy will hold a wellness day as “‘our way of celebrating the benefits of massage, helping to educate the community about what we offer at Cortiva, and to participate with interactive events throughout the day that highlight how massage therapy can help you,'” campus president Dina Bennett was quoted as saying in the Kansas City Star newspaper
• In Greenville, North Carolina, Mayor Pat Dunn declared Oct. 24–30 Massage Therapy Awareness Week, “to acknowledge the use of massage to complement traditional medical treatment for illness, injury and pain,” according to The Daily Reflector newspaper. “Massage therapy has become an important part of work-related stress relief and recovery from sports-related injuries,” the newspaper added. Mayor Dunn also acknowledged the American Massage Therapy Association.
• In Bismarck, North Dakota, Rasmussen College’s massage department will sponsor an event for Carrie’s Kids, a local organization that helps homeless children. “‘We’re going to have a haunted house, face painting, pumpkin painting, musical hay bales, hay hunt for candy and goodies, a cake walk,'” said massage therapist Yolanda Karas, when interviewed by KFYR-TV of Bismarck. “‘We’re going to have the giant inflatables for the kids to come and play on.'” Students will also offer seated massage sessions to adults.
• In Bennington, Vermont, massage therapist Laura Bull will host free seated-massage events around her town. “Her goal is to increase awareness about massage and its benefits,” stated an article in the Bennington Banner newspaper. “She has chosen a variety of locations during the week, including Curves, the Cancer Center, PAVE, Plasan, Dr. McLellan’s office, and Dr. Small’s office, as well as Anytime Fitness.”
• In Sequim, Washington, massage therapists are offering free 15-minute chair massage sessions at the Clallam County Courthouse, according to the Sequim Gazette newspaper, and “[m]assage recipients remain fully dressed for treatment of the head, shoulders, neck, arms, hands and back.”
• In Coos Bay, Oregon, several complementary-medicine practitioners are banding together to educate the public about modalities including massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, trigger-point and infrared therapy, yoga and nutrition, according to The World newspaper.
• In Pottstown, Pennsylvania, two massage-practice owners, Dorothy Paschall and Hildegard Rutter, addressed the health services class at the Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center ” on the credible option of studying to become a licensed massage therapist in Pennsylvania,” according to The Mercury newspaper.