Massage therapy isn’t just for the rich and famous who want to spend a luxurious afternoon at the spa.

Twenty-four percent of Americans have had a massage at least once in the past 12 months, according to the American Massage Therapy Association’s Web site.

The demand for massage therapy comes as adults realize the potential health benefits that can result from the soothing touch of hands. Thirty percent of those who have had a massage in the past year said they did so because of health concerns such as pain management, migraines or injuries, according to the Association.
—, national, July 2, 2008