Complement to Western Medicine: Doctor-referred massage may be covered by insurance plans, though Medicare does not cover massage therapy. “This is changing as we are getting more documented research on massage,” says Salvo. Currently 43 states and the District of Columbia license massage therapists. You can locate a licensed massage therapist through the American Massage Therapy Association. It’s important to find one with whom you are comfortable and have a good rapport, notes Salvo, so ask for referrals from family and friends to find the right professional.
What it’s Best For: Massage sessions should focus on relieving both pain and stress, according to Salvo. Massage therapy is especially effective at easing pain, muscle tension, headaches, muscle spasms, soreness caused by injury or stress, and swelling.
The Beauty Connection: Try a massage to experience healing touch on the body and the beautifying effects that follow. “We simply feel more beautiful when we’re pain-free and relaxed,” explains Salvo. “There is a mind-body connection. You can’t just invest in outward beauty when you feel unwell on the inside, whether from pain or stress.”
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