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; 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 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 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 twenty-fifth day of September, 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     

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts