It’s no secret massage therapy helps clients relax, feel better and heal on many levels. One national massage-franchise company announced today its revenues are up 25 percent over this time last year, and cited consumer stress as the main reason for this increase.

A statement from elements therapeutic massage, which has opened more than 100 franchises in 21 states in just two years, notes that this rise in revenue is a sign that the public is increasingly turning to massage for stress relief.

“It’s a direct reflection that Americans are dealing with greater stress and tension, and more of them are turning to massage therapy for relief,” said Kyle Gjersee, the company’s senior vice president of operations.

This trend was confirmed by a recent study by elements, which showed a majority of its customers listing stress—both physical and emotional—relief as a top reason for visiting the franchised studios.

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