Massage has become an accepted healing technique with therapeutic and rejuvenating benefits.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, almost one-quarter of adult Americans had a massage at least once in the last 12 months, and employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent by 2016. And with the anxiety of widespread unemployment, housing foreclosures, and rising prices, massage can help manage stress.

“I see people suffering from headaches, chronic back problems, sciatica, TMJ- you name it,” says Rezakkah Norins, who has a small private practice in Brighton, Massachusetts. Norins says she sees diverse clients, from construction workers to doctors. “More and more, science is validating the healing ability of massage.”

–The Boston Globe, Brighton, Massachusetts, April 26