As you lie on the table (heated, if you like) under crisp, fresh sheets, hushed music draws you into the moment. The smell of sage or lavender fills the air and you hear the gentle sound of massage oil being warmed in your therapist’s hands. The pains of age, the throbbing from your overstressed muscles, the sheer need to be touched — all cry out for those highly skilled, therapeutic hands to start their work. Once the session gets underway, the problems of the world fade into an oblivious journey to relief and all you can comprehend right now is not wanting it to end.

But what if that session of massage did more for you than just take the pressures of the day away? What if that gentle, Swedish massage helped you combat cancer? What if bodywork helped you recover from a strained hamstring in half the time? What if your sleep, digestion and mood all improved with massage and bodywork? What if these weren’t just “what ifs”?