Massage by the Numbers
There are between 260,000 and 290,000 massage therapists in the United States. In 2002, Americans made an estimated 114 million visits to massage therapists. That means each therapist could have performed as many as 438 massages last year! Approximately 18 percent of American adults had a massage in the past year. People who seek massage therapy from a trained professional average seven massages per year.
Health concern is the most common reason for having a professional massage. Stress relief and relaxation is second. The most popularly used massage technique is Swedish massage. Deep tissue is second.Statistics courtesy of American Massage Therapy Association.