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January 8, 2007

The State of Massage In Minnesota

The St. Paul Pioneer Press examines the growth of massage therapy practices in the Twin Cities area.

Covered with a towel at Massage Envy in Woodbury, she had a massage Friday to relax and to ease minor pain — as a rapidly growing number of other Minnesotans are doing.

"I think we are all becoming more health conscious," she said, eyes closed, as a therapist's hands worked down her neck.

Nationally, massages have become twice as popular in 10 years — 47 million Americans, or one in six, have at least one massage a year. In Minnesota, there is no reliable tally of massage customers or businesses, but experts say the growth is comparably rapid and focused largely in the suburbs.

"Yes, I have noticed a lot more massage places," sighed Roxane Fogard, owner of Body and Soul Therapeutic Massage Center. In the '90s, she had the Lake Elmo market to herself, but says eight competitors have sprung up in her city since then.

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