I think that it is safe to say that professional massage therapy has reached mainstream status. As of last year’s statistics, 37% of people in the United States have received a professional massage. The real question to ask is not whether you should get one, but what one can do for you?
When you think of getting massage therapy, the last thing that should be on your mind is stress. In fact it should be just the opposite. 45% of people who received a massage did so specifically to reduce stress in their life. People sometimes get the idea that massage is self indulgent or only for the wealthy to relieve their perceived stress and tension. Yet, with stress at epidemic proportions in today’s lifestyle, this therapy is neither self indulgent nor just the domain of the rich and famous. Look over your life and chances are you will see times that are more stressful than others. Maybe you have end of month reports to get out. Do the holidays stress you out? Are there times when your hormones make life miserable? Massage can be a great way to head these off.