Margaret Smith spends her days giving massages and teaching others how to give them at the New Life Institute of Massage in Redding.

And during this tough economy more people are turning to massage therapists for help, Smith said.

She has seen an uptick in people who are stressed due to economic factors.

“There hasn’t been an economic downtown for me,” Smith said. “I have picked up people who are seeking relief from stress.”

The certified massage therapist also maintains a private practice, Angel Touch Professional Massage and Bodywork.

“I use very advanced techniques; my specialty is bringing people out of dysfunction,” she said.; Redding, California; August 27, 2009