Remember the story about the ugly duckling?
It's a beloved tale of a homely little bird's transformation for the better into a swan. (Google knows the details)
In my opinion, massage is the ugly duckling of health care. It has been often overlooked or disregarded despite the amount of evidence that supports its effectiveness in relieving pain, aiding the body's natural muscle recovery, promoting mental health, and providing many other benefits to humans (that's us!).
Fortunately, the swan wings of the industry are starting to spread. Massage is being increasingly accepted as a legitimate form of health care. Similar to many other health care professions, massage therapists must satisfy state board requirements and maintain a number of continuing education hours to be licensed practitioners. Many massage therapists can accept health insurance. Spas, clinics, and massage chains are popping up all over the country.
All this to say: give it a try! If you suffer from pain, are seeking to improve athletic performance, or just plain want to be pampered, book an appointment with a licensed massage therapist (LMT). If massage doesn't do it for you, THEN go schedule your knee surgery or take your performance enhancing drugs. Just kidding, don't do that.
We love massage. We hope you will too... it feels really good.