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Aye, There's the Rub

The level of stress in the world today is at an all-time high. So why not start your own massage therapy company and offer a little relief to the tense-of-neck?

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This story appears in the November 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

In this 24/7 world, stress reigns. That's why there's never been a better time to become a massage therapist. All those stressed-out bods with tense muscles and jittery nerves need calming.

There are currently 145,000 massage therapists in the United States, according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). And that number is on the rise. "The field has been growing exponentially for the past 15 years, and there's no sign it's slowing," says Steve Olsen, a massage therapist in Fargo, North Dakota, who is also spokesman for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

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