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Relaxing the nervous system, slowing the heart rate, decreasing stress hormones, improving the immune system and reducing pain, massage therapy provides a much needed opportunity for the body to receive touch in a healing manner. Everybody Deserves a Massage Week acts as a reminder to get a massage, gift a massage, or encourage a massage therapist! 

History of Everybody Deserves a Massage Week

Everybody Deserves a Massage Week has a delightful history that dates back to 1995 when the event was founded by an organization called Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). This is the largest membership organization for massage therapy in the US, providing support to help practitioners and students succeed.

The purpose behind starting Everybody Deserves a Massage Week was to bring together the local and extended community of bodywork professionals, offering massage therapy to those who might not ordinarily be able to afford it. In the more than twenty five years since its first celebration, the event has encouraged massage therapists to provide free or discounted stress relief and pain relief to thousands of people who need it!

How to Celebrate Everybody Deserves a Massage Week

Consider some of these ideas for getting involved with Everybody Deserves a Massage Week:

Schedule a Massage

The very best way to celebrate Everybody Deserves a Massage Week is to schedule an appointment and head on over to get that massage. After all, everyone deserves one! Those who already have a massage therapist may want to stick with their regular practitioner, but others might be interested in finding a new one through a personal referral or even an online coupon.

Those who have a friend or family member who works in helping or public service industries might consider giving them a gift certificate for a massage in celebration of this important week.

Offer Special Massage Services

Massage therapists all over the country are encouraged to participate in Everybody Deserves a Massage Week by offering free services to local heroes who might not be very well-paid. Perhaps set up a free armchair massage booth at a firefighter station or in the breakroom at a medical center. Other opportunities to participate might include making a donation of tips to a charity that helps public service workers.

Become a Massage Therapist

Those who are interested in a career that offers help and healing to people who are in pain or experiencing stress might be interested in studying to be a massage therapist. Everybody Deserves a Massage Week might be a great time to think about enrolling in a local program!

Full-time programs in therapeutic massage typically range from 9-16 months and include courses such as anatomy and physiology, anatomical kinesiology, massage techniques, ethics, and many other interesting topics. Following practical application and examination, permission is granted by each state for a student to become a licensed massage therapist. It is also possible to gain advanced certifications in certain modes, such as stone therapy, sports massage, Scandinavian mobilization therapy, and others.

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