Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

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 lower back pain, migraines and on AIDS and cancer patients, among others; and

Whereas The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the 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 $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 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 L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the week of October 23th-29th,  2011 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 thirteenth day of October, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth   

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts