It’s a fact. Every year, more and more people rely on therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation, pain relief, health concerns, rehabilitation and general wellness. To help you better understand this rapidly growing field, we’d like to share some information with you.
- Massage may be the oldest form of medical care – Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.*
- A Chinese book written in 2,700 BC – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine – recommended the “massage of skin and flesh”.*
- Today, 39 million American adults – more than one out of every six – get at least one massage each year.**
- Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
Relieving back pain
Boosting immune system
Lowering blood pressure
Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
Easing post-operative pain
Alleviating side effects of cancer**
- Because massage and bodywork directly or indirectly affects every system of the body, it promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.
- In a recent survey, respondents shared their primary reasons for choosing alternative therapies:
41% General wellness
33% Treat an illness
10% Supplement traditional care
10% Prevent an illness
- 77% of the companies identified as the “100 Best for Working Mothers” offer massage therapy to employees.**
- Companies that offer massage therapy as an employee benefit include: Allstate, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, FedEx, Gannett (USA Today), General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, JC Penney, Kimberly-Clark, Texas Instruments and Yahoo!**
- 79% of 25 to 35 year olds would like their health insurance plan to cover massage.**
- In 1996, massage therapy and bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and nationally certified practitioners provided key medical services.
- NCBTMB’s program includes practitioners from all modalities and disciplines, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, polarity therapy, Rolfing®, Trager® techniques, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy and more.
- Today, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners serving consumers.
**American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets