The Japanese are beginning to embrace massage therapy.
The trend has sparked the world’s largest and most successful massage industry, and it is growing at a stunning pace.
In the past three years, the industry has added another 2.5 million jobs, with a combined total of 2.3 billion yen ($27.3 million) in revenue, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The market is also booming in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Many massage therapists have begun to embrace the practice.
Japan has seen a boom in massage therapy as more people seek treatment for chronic health conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain and stress, said Katsuhiro Nishimura, president of the Japanese Association for Massage Therapists.
The number of massage therapists has more than tripled in the past decade.
Some therapists now practice massage therapy on weekends and on holidays, where there is little demand for workers, he said.
Many therapists are also turning to massage machines, which are easier to use and have lower operating costs.
Japan’s massage therapy market has been growing for years, with many people looking for more alternative treatments.
But there has been a slowdown in the industry’s growth.
The government has tried to rein in the market and the industry is also seeking to curb the number of cases of cancer.
Massage therapists are increasingly looking for ways to increase profits and also to provide a more affordable option to patients.
The industry has been gaining popularity in the last two decades.
More than 80% of massage therapy jobs are in Asia, including Japan.
It has grown faster in China than in the United States, according the association.
But Japan’s market is still growing, with the industry now accounting for nearly 10% of the global market.