Survey Indicates Popularity of Massage TherapyPosted by in Massage Therapy
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) sponsors an annual survey of consumers to assess the popularity of massage therapy. The 2011 survey shows that 90 percent of Americans believe massage therapy can assist in reducing pain. This compares with 86 percent in 2010.
Just over 1,000 adults in the United States over the age of 18 – 50% male and 50% female – were surveyed. The survey has been conducted for the past 15 years.
In 2010, only 25 percent of those taking the survey have used massage to relieve pain, while that number increased to 30 percent in 2011. Fewer survey respondents in 2011 (30 percent) had a massage to reduce stress than in 2010 (42 percent). The researchers believe the economy may be to blame for this reduction.
Sixty-nine percent of survey participants had recommended massage to someone else or say they would do so. Just 18 percent of those taking the survey had had a massage in the past year. This number was unchanged from the 2010 survey.
Interestingly, people with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 received more massages than people with incomes over $100,000.
The survey was conducted for AMTA by CARAVAN® Opinion Research Corporation International in July 2011.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Besides stress reduction, massage therapy has been found to reduce muscular pain from overexertion, injury, arthritis, and bursitis. Additionally, massage has been shown to assist in reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, addictions, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It has also been found to promote a healthier immune system and improve blood circulation.
Types of Massage Therapy
There are a wide variety of types of massage therapy practiced around the world. The most common type of massage is Swedish, which involves fluid motions on the body using special massage oil. Deep tissue massage is a form of Swedish massage that works on a deeper level to reduce pain and tension in the muscles and connective tissues.
Other types of massage are akin to acupuncture, in that they focus on the points along the meridians of the body to balance the body’s systems. These massage therapies include reflexology (both hand and foot) and shiatsu massage.
When seeking massage therapy in New Jersey or other states, it is important to make sure that a massage therapist has been properly trained. While injuries from massage are rare, they are possible if the individual is untrained.
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