For thousands of years, massage and touch therapies have been a part of the healing traditions of hundreds of cultures around the world. From the hands of early Chinese physicians to massage therapists today, massage has been a natural and caring intervention that supports physical and emotional well-being. In other words, massage creates HAPPINESS.

The MASSAGE MAKES ME HAPPY Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute aims to celebrate the healing powers of massage therapy and promote its benefits through research and education, advocacy and global awareness. For more detailed information, press release, event details, tool kits, visit Massage Makes Me Happy website.

Our goals are to:

  • Create a global platform and rallying cry around “Massage Makes Me Happy.”
  • Consolidate existing clinical research and support new research for deeper integration of massage into healthcare and wellness practices.
  • Stimulate advocacy by encouraging storytelling of the benefits of massage through massage therapists, wellness and spa professionals, consumers, caregivers, educators and more.
  • Promote and market massage therapy and massage therapy careers worldwide.

MMMH Initiative members:
Lynda Solien-Wolfe, chair
Heather Zdan, cochair
Karen Short
Alan Share
Kim Collier
Cherie Sohnen-Moe
Melissa Mazzola
Research advisor: Dr. Tiffany Field

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