Let’s Join Hands for National Massage Day 2019

Did you get involved with National Massage Day 2018? And are you excited about this year’s event? Or did you promise to be more prepared for 2019? Well, here is advance warning so you have plenty of time to plan! National Massage Day will be held on 1st October 2019 with Pro-Touch Awareness Month running for the whole of October.

A snapshot of the success of last year

National Massage Day was re-launched by incoming co-ordinator Lizzie Badger on October 1st 2018 – alongside a new initiative, Pro-Touch Awareness Month. The new sponsors and co-ordinators are the Therapist Business Club, where Lizzie is a co-founder.

Over 1100 therapists and members of the public joined in from all over the UK and from all types of therapy modalities – holistic, physio and beauty therapists to reiki, energy healers and soul midwives! The events were celebrated by “paying it forward,” with money raised for good causes and 100’s of hours of volunteering delivered and pledged. We took part with a competition to win copies of my book Healing Touch for Children and a shared fun day with Lizzie Badger on a Story Massage training in Manchester.

Free online platform

A free online platform (open to the public and therapists alike) was launched to highlight a wide range of the different hands-on therapies and treatments available. This is still very active with a growing library of articles, videos, client testimonials and lists of the multiple benefits each treatment offers… and more contributions and experts are called for. Maybe you could make a contribution – and promote the benefits of your therapy?

Over 1000 therapists took part in the facebook group – sharing their events, ideas, competitions, articles of interest and arranging therapy swaps.

Working together to promote positive touch

Lizzie and the team are now looking for feedback, ideas and involvement from across the whole wellness sector globally for October 2019 – from individual therapists to publications, radio stations, awarding and membership bodies, MPs, colleges and any “mover shaker” who wants to champion the power of touch and connection in our modern society.

“The enthusiasm, co-operation and the desperate need for such an event has simply blown me away! Organisations and therapists that would normally compete in the same market place have dropped barriers and jumped straight in. It’s been fantastic – business as a force for good – which is exactly what it should be. We encourage you to plan for and engage with the 2019 celebrations!” Lizzie Badger

“Happy National Massage Day! I will be teaching foster carers and adopters some positive touch and massage with children’s teddies to help me! It is so great that Lizzie has taken up the reins for moving National Massage Day forward. Huge thanks Liz and I can’t wait to hear how it all goes!” Gill Tree, original founder of National Massage Day

How to get involved

Here are three ways that you can start preparing for October 2019.

1. Join the Facebook Group to connect with like-minded people and gain inspiration and ideas: Facebook Page 

2.  Take part in the Survey to give feedback and/or get involved: Survey

3. Check out Lizzie’s Blog to find out more: Lizzie’s Blog

 

Why get involved?

Here are a few interesting statistics. If one therapist can positively impact the lives of just 50 individuals over, say, a 5 year period (10 a year) – then a group of just 100 together can help 5,000.  If this group grows to become the model for only half of the estimated 70,000 UK therapy professionals (from hands-on, hair and beauty, mental health to spiritual workers) – that suddenly becomes a staggering 1,750,000 (yes – one million, seven hundred and fifty thousand) people touched by your skills AND kindness.

More about Lizzie Badger

Lizzie Badger is co-founder of the Therapist Business Club and award-winning owner of a UK-wide massage training school www.face-the-world.co.uk, holding a patent for choreographed massage. She created the UK Volunteer Therapist Hub and is the new owner and founder of National Massage Day and Pro-Touch Awareness Month. Lizzie is passionate about bringing the healing power of touch back into everyday society – especially to those who need it the most.

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