Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and or causing movement of or to the body.
The first written records of massage therapy were found in China and Egypt in 2700 BCE, however is believed to origin in India before this.
To become a massage therapist you must have at least a high school education then go through a certificate or diploma program in massage therapy required by the state, after obtaining that you must have 500-1,000 hours of study and hands on training, then eventually you can become licensed. Most therapy schools base tuition on the hour which ranges from $6-$17 so depending on the states requirement of training hours will determine the cost of tuition. The average yearly salary for massage therapist is $37,180.
Massages have many benefits other than relaxation and releasing stress, it can also help with anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, insomnia, injuries, and many other pains related to the body.
Finding somewhere to receive a massage is not to hard either there are many shops and spas that offer different types all over the place as well as vacationing spots. Depending on where you go or if someone comes to you massages can range from $20-$1,000 and so on.