Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid general wellness. 

In Arizona, only massage therapists licensed by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy are allowed to practice. To obtain a regular license, one needs to have transcripts from a Board Recognized Massage School reflecting at least 700 clock hours and also to show proof of current certification with (or have taken and passed exams) for the NCBTMB or MBLEX (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination), the exam developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. During the 2-year period immediately preceding license expiration, a licensee applying for renewal shall have completed 25 hours or more of continuing education.

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Massage Therapy is a recognized health care technique used in physical therapy, chiropractics, and exercise science. In general, Massage Therapists press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.