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Tip of the Week
Massage is a great way to relieve stress, but some Americans might be missing out on the therapy's many benefits because of myths and misconceptions about massage. There are new and exciting opportunities for potential clients to experience massage at a price they can afford. The experts at Cortiva Institute, a group of massage therapy schools across the country, offer the truth behind some common myths about massage:
- Myth: Massage is so expensive, only the rich can afford it. Fact: Massage therapy treatments cost about $60 per hour. It's possible to find discounts as well.
- Myth: You have to be undressed to get a massage. Fact: It's entirely up to you how much (or how little) clothing you want to remove for a massage - although tight-fitting undergarments may get in the way of the treatment.
- Myth: Massage is a spa luxury and has no real medical benefits. Fact: Massage is practiced in doctors' offices, hospitals, clinics, gyms and sports centers. Recent research has shown massage can be effective in treating a range of conditions, including cancer-related fatigue and pain, lower back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, post-operative pain, depressed immune system function, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, frequent headache and alcohol withdrawal, according to the American Massage Therapy Association.
With the excitement during sports seasons, many fans take to the Internet to find tickets and deals to cheer on their favorite teams. However, the Better Business Bureau warns sports fans to use caution to avoid scammers who are ready to make them a loser.
According to StubHub.com, the secondary-ticket market is a $10 billion-dollar-a-year industry that includes professional brokers, speculators and season ticket holders. Because many of these sellers are not licensed or bonded and are often found on unregulated online auctions, online classifieds and bulletin boards using person-to-person sales, sports fans need to be more skeptical and on the alert.
"The Internet has become the playing field of choice for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets. Unfortunately, it is also a breeding ground for scammers looking to take advantage of game day fever," said Steve J. Bernas of the Better Business Bureau. "Sports fans are often blinded by their devotion to their team and run the risk of putting their trust in a seller that doesn't deserve it."
In the past twelve months alone, there have been 225 complaints filed and more than 20,000 inquiries to the BBB about companies in the "Ticket Sales - Events" category.
For more information on consumer safe shopping, visit www.bbb.org.
Here are the top cities for young professionals, according to Forbes.com:
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Minneapolis-St. Paul
4. New York
Number to Know
14: Percent rise in profit for AutoZone in the fourth quarter, the company recently reported. AutoZone is thriving in this economy and reported it opened 80 stores in the same quarter.
According to an annual report from The American Customer Satisfaction Index, 78 percent of U.S. computer users are happy with their machines. The computer maker that rated highest was Apple, with an 86 percent satisfaction rate.
GateHouse News Service