Massage therapy is a very ancient wellness treatment found in China, Japan, India, Middle-East Countries, Egypt, Greece, Rome etc. In America, Massage therapy was introduced sometime around 1850 and was promoted for a variety of health reasons. From 1970's, massage therapy got wide acceptance, especially among athletes. Studies suggest that a single session of massage therapy can reduce "state anxiety" (a reaction to a particular situation), blood pressure, & heart rate. Multiple sessions can decrease "trait anxiety" (general anxiety-proneness), depression, and pain. Recent studies suggest that massage therapy may benefit chronic low-back pain. Clinical practice guidelines issued in 2007, by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians, recommend that physicians consider using certain CAM therapies, including massage (as well as acupuncture, chiropractic, progressive relaxation, and yoga), when patients with chronic low-back pain are not responding to conventional treatment.