“In the last 10 years, massage therapy has really emerged from being something that’s mysterious to being recognized as a therapeutic tool for reducing pain,” said Sharon Crane, a certified massage therapist in Mechanicsburg, who also treats clients at the Lebanon Family Medical Center in Palmyra.

“Massage is great for increased circulation, blood flow, oxygen flow and overall stress reduction, which affects all systems of the body. It increases range of motion, can decrease blood pressure and it can give you better sleep,” she said.

“Massage therapy is becoming more mainstream,” agreed Gina Washalski, president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. “The medical society is accepting our modalities as health and healing rather than something spa-related like a manicure or a pedicure.”

The Patriot-News; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; August 16, 2009