Sitting in a hallway of the Cortiva Massage Therapy Center in downtown Chicago, Jennifer Kaminski appeared ebullient-ready to take on anything in fact.

Few would guess she had just spent an hour in a dimly lit room, relaxing on her back, in almost complete silence, while a therapist stroked her muscles. Massages, however, have become a routine part of her life for stress reduction and relaxation.

“I’d rather do this than take a pill,” said Kaminski, associate dean of the business school at Robert Morris University in Chicago. “It’s not just some fluff, downtown spa. They’re actually doing something for your muscles. I always see this as a doctor’s visit.”

Get Healthy, Munster, Indiana, Feb. 28, 2011