Years ago getting a massage was thought of as a luxury.
Now it's a common way eastern Iowans reduce stress, among other benefits.
Here's Health Plus with more on massage.
For seven years Kim Christiansen has been using her hands to, well, heal.
"It can help boost your immune system and help you just be more relaxed in your life and less stressed. It can help with headaches," she said.
The licensed massage therapist at Covenant's Wellness Center in Waterloo says clients turn to massage for everything from injury recovery to simply relaxation.
"Circulation is one that a lot of people don't think about. It helps with your blood flow and can lower your blood pressure."
Massage at Covenant can include aromatherapy or hot stones, ranging from 30-minutes to an hour and a-half.
But what if someone doesn't feel comfortable getting a massage from a stranger?
"We always explain exactly what we're gonna do, exactly what's gonna happen to new clients and often a moment where they can ask any kind of questions that they have."
Covenant's Wellness Center offers massage appointments from eighty-thirty in the morning until seven-thirty at night.