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Each month, we'll provide a list of easy actions you can take today to advocate for yourself and your profession. We all need to get involved in creating positive change. Scroll on for monthly actions and to download our advocacy toolkit to help you on your way.
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This month focuses on Childhood Obesity Awareness, but as a massage therapist you can focus your attention in a parallel way by ensuring you have a high weight-rated massage table, or a mat that you can put on the floor to massage clients who may not meet your table-rated standards. If you don't know how much weight your table can hold, be sure to check this month, and remember to add your own weight to that number. Read this article about working with obese clients.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and an important time to raise awareness about rising suicide rates in the United States. Check out these statistics and tips from the National Alliance on Mental Health.
Give Hope to those around you. Take the Hope Course from the Realize Foundation. The Realize foundation publishes the Scars to Stars book series, detailing personal accounts of dark, vulnerable times and how the authors found hope to change their lives. Read Stephanie, our CEO's story in Scars to Stars, Volume 2.
There are many ways to get involved and become an advocate or activist for yourself and the massage profession. Your level of involvement is going to depend on what you care about. If you are unsure of where to begin but you know you would like to see change in your state, let us help you navigate through the process.
Don't Have Time?
Maybe you're busy with your massage practice and don't have time to do extra work. That's okay! You can take small actions like writing a letter, signing a petition, or making a phone call when you hear about issues you care about. You can be a digital advocate by sharing social media posts and events created by associations and organizations on issues that you care about. Let us assist you to ensure your voice reaches the correct jurisdiction within your state.
Concerned about Clients?
Maybe you're more concerned about your clients than about other massage therapists. That's okay too! You can be a client advocate! We need advocates who care about the safety and security of the public using our services. You might even go further by joining your State Board of Massage Therapy.
Local or State Issues?
Maybe you're really concerned about something going on at the local or state level or there is a problem affecting your massage practice. You can ask for help or you can advocate for yourself and your massage business. Create a local task force.
Perhaps you're concerned about what's going on in congress and want to help pass sweeping legislation that will benefit our profession. You can get involved at the federal level by contacting your congress members .
You might be concerned about the employees in our industry, or you may be an employee who is concerned about worker's rights. If these are your concerns, we are here to help you be an advocate for workplace transformation.
If you are an instructor or massage school administrator, you may be most concerned about advocating for massage students, apprentices, improving student clinics, student mentorship, and improving massage education.
Concerned about a specific issue?
If you are concerned and passionate about a specific issue related to massage therapy like evidence-informed practice, or safety from sexual solicitation, do a search on Facebook to see if anyone else is working on the issue and join in the conversation! If no one is working on the issue, start your own group and get the conversation going.