Back-to-school can mean a sharp increase in customers for Iowa City spas.

Massage therapists at local salons said they usually see an uptick in the number of clients in the week before the start of classes as well as the first week of school. Massages are good ways to relieve stress and deal with pain before the pressures of tests and papers begin.

[University of Iowa] freshman Kayla Miller, who got a massage in her hometown of Dubuque before coming to Iowa City, said she would recommend the practice to others.

“It helps relieve the pain,” she said.

The Daily Iowan, The University of Iowa, Aug. 24, 2012