Massage is the healing balm my body must have. Due to digestive disease- I can no longer take NSAIDS for chronic lower back pain and inflammation issues for which I've had lumbar fusion surgery called a laminectomy. Pain patches and topical ointments help but don't last long enough to really help all day. Massage relieves all the stress, works out the knots from the stress, and stretches out all the sore muscles as well as works on breaking up scar tissue. I came away- a new person yesterday- after my hour long session with Elise! I'm learning not to worry about massage not being covered by insurance. I don't want pain meds and more surgery. I want relief. Today. And massage definitely helps! With it- I feel I can be physically active each day- and it isn't just so I can do physical therapy. Massage helps me to be more like I used to be. I can vacuum. I can ride bikes for miles and miles. I can lift light weight objects. What a blessing to be concentrating on the next things that I CAN do, rather than focusing on the pain and sitting still to avoid more of the same. Thanks for this opportunity to share. I hope it helps someone else. God bless.