Pam Sheffer has given up her personal trainer, her manicures, her pedicures and is even selling her house for a smaller one.

But the one luxury she refuses to part with is her bi-weekly massage.

“I think the main reason is that, more than any other indulgence, it’s a significant stress reliever for me,” said Sheffer, 44, of Nashville. “It’s a critical hour. It’s perhaps the most important hour in a two-week period for me.”
Despite the tumbling economy, the number of people who receive professional massages has remained relatively steady.

Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, April 6, 2009