Massage therapist working at a spa and wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic

Stress, COVID-19, and Massage Therapy: Celebrating Massage Therapy Awareness Week

Massage therapist working at a spa and wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic

When it comes to sending global stress levels to record highs, few other things can get the job done like a pandemic. An October 2020 report from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that compounding pandemic stressors amounted to a national mental health crisis, with the promise of adverse long-term effects. And in 2021, a Gallup poll reported via Forbes confirmed the highest level of negative emotions worldwide since the poll’s inception in 2006.

For many people, the stress arrived and never left, affecting their physical health in ways they may not be consciously aware of.

Easing Stress, Relieving Tension

Whether it’s complementary to another form of treatment or applied on its own, massage therapy offers relief from many of those stressful symptoms, including: reduced muscle pain, soreness, tension; lowering heart rate and blood pressure; and improving circulation and alertness.

Beyond physical relief, massage therapy also answers another, perhaps more profound call: the need for human connection, especially in the time of regular quarantine.

Related CE Course: Saving Your Body, Saving Your Career: 5 Keys to Self-Care for Massage Therapists

Spreading the Word: Massage Therapy Awareness Week 2021

The 25th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week® (NMTAW) is slated from Oct. 24 to Oct. 30 this year. Sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, NMTAW highlights the importance of massage therapists to the health and well-being of their clients — a role that has clearly never been more critical.

For massage therapists looking to spread the word about massage benefits, expand their practice, or simply reach new clients, here are some CE courses we recommend:

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