Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day, held yearly on March 20, provides therapeutic massage therapists instruments and knowledge to assist them assist the general public perceive the advantages of therapeutic massage – in addition to educate themselves concerning the impact of therapeutic massage on the human physiology.
Massage makes me happy and healthy day takes place yearly since 2018. The day promotes the optimistic results of contact therapies amongst shoppers. It additionally encompasses a digital occasion for the general public and therapeutic massage therapists.
Massage for psychological well-being
This yr’s occasion will give attention to how therapeutic massage remedy contributes to psychological well-being.
“We know that massage therapy provides many physical, mental and emotional benefits,” stated CG Funk, senior vp of Culture & Industry Relations for Massage heights Franchising LLC, one of many primary companions of Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day. “Since the pandemic, mental disorders have continued to increase in all demographics. Regularly receiving massage therapy brings great relief to people suffering from depression, anxiety, stress and other psychological problems.”
While therapeutic massage is just not an alternative to skilled psychological well being intervention, the next statistics of the “2023 State of Mental Health in America Report,” from the nonprofit group Mental Health America assist make clear the scope of the psychological well being challenges at the moment at play within the US:
• In 2019-2020, 20.78% of adults had a psychological sickness. That equates to greater than 50 million Americans.
• More than half (54.7%) of adults with psychological sickness don’t obtain therapy, totaling greater than 28 million individuals.
US adults say they are going to expertise extra stress in 2023 than earlier than, with 26% of respondents to an American Psychological Association ballot reporting they count on extra stress in 2023, up from 20% in 2022.
“Massage Therapy Significantly Reduces Mental Health Issues Like Stress, Anxiety, and Depression,” Tiffany Field, PhD, Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day guide and founding father of the Tap Research Institute, instructed MASSAGE Magazine. But How does therapeutic massage contribute to mental well-being? “When the skin is moved, as in massage and many forms of exercise, the nervous system is relaxed and stress hormones are reduced,” Field explains. “These are some of the many positive ways massage makes us healthy and happy.”
In a research review revealed in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2014, Field famous, “When average and light-weight stress therapeutic massage have been in contrast in lab research, average stress therapeutic massage diminished despair, nervousness, and coronary heart charge, and altered EEG patterns, reminiscent of in a leisure response. Moderate stress therapeutic massage has additionally led to elevated vagal exercise and decreased cortisol ranges.”
“[Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day was created to share the benefits of massage and have a vehicle for massage therapists, massage schools, massage therapy clinics, spas and massage-industry partners to educate their clients and the public on the many benefits of massage therapy,” said Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day Initiative Co-Chair Lynda Solien-Wolfe.
The event’s website offers many free tools for massage therapists to connect with colleagues and market massage, including “50 Ways to Celebrate,” “Massage Research and Benefits” and “Can a Career in Massage Therapy Make You Happy?” The event’s Facebook page features links to videos and articles, and a way to connect with colleagues.
MASSAGE Magazine is, along with Massage Heights, Universal Companies, Massage Warehouse, Pura Wellness and Earthlite, one of Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day cornerstone partners. “As a cornerstone partner of the Massage Makes Me Happy initiative, Massage Height’s aim is to honor massage therapists, share the benefits of massage to our guests and promote the value of massage therapy careers,” said Funk.
About the Author
Karen Menehan is MASSAGE Magazine’s editor in chief–print and digital. Her recent articles for this publication include “The Top 22 Massage News Articles of 2022,” “A Move to Transcend State Boundaries: Updates on the Interstate Compact for Massage Therapists” and “This is How Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices Make Business Better,” one of the articles in the August 2021 issue of MASSAGE Magazine, a first-place winner of the national 2022 Folio Eddies Award for editorial excellence.