Who says that massage is a luxury?

Massage is an ancient form of treatment. In many cultures, especially Asian cultures, massage has been viewed as an essential part of health treatment. However, in many western cultures until recently, it has been viewed as a luxury. That is now beginning to change. In 2007, a survey in Australia showed that massage is the most commonly used form of complementary medicine. In that same year it was found that 8.3% of Americans received massage, and again in 2007, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society started recommending massage for low back pain. Although massage has not had an overwhelming number of research studies, probably due to the expense of funding studies,