Every year, more and more people rely on therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation, pain relief, health concerns, rehabilitation and general wellness.

  • Massage may be the oldest form of medical care – Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged
  • A Chinese book from 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
    • Reducing anxiety
    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Treating migraines
    • Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
    • Easing post-operative pain
    • Alleviating side effects of cancer
  • Massage Facts:

  • Massage and bodywork can directly and indirectly affect every system of the body, promoting health, preventing illness and injury, and speeding recovery
  • 77% of the companies identified as the “100 Best for Working Mothers” offer massage therapy to employees, and many major companies offer massage therapy as an employee benefit, including: Allstate, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, FedEx, Gannett (USA Today), General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, JC Penney, Kimberly-Clark, Texas Instruments and Yahoo
  • Nearly 80% 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
  • Today, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners serving consumers.