A massage is a great way to relax, relieve stress, and improve your health. This is old news for those who have incorporated the practice into their standard beauty and health routines. According to Rita Topping, a certified massage therapist, not enough women and men are integrating body massage into their lifestyles.

“We are accustomed to viewing massage as a luxurious adornment and not as a necessary focus on health,” said Topping, who is affiliated with the Creative Hair Salon, in West Philadelphia. “Touch is nurturing,” she added.

The Philadelphia Sun, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2013