10 reasons why you should try self-massage

How Massage Therapy Helps
How Massage Therapy Helps

What's the rub?

Want to rub Melissa Swanson the wrong way? Just say "massage." "The word automatically makes me think of pain," says the 46-year-old of Richmond, Wisconsin, who has fibromyalgia and 20 associated syndromes she calls "evil sidekicks." But say "self-massage" and Swanson – a fibromyalgia advisor and blogger – thinks of relief. "It has always helped, no matter what level [of pain] I'm in," she says. Even people without chronic pain can benefit from the practice. Here are 10 reasons to try it today:

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