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Massage therapy is a proven, non invasive way to reduce chronic stress  levels in the body.  Dozens of studies have shown the effectiveness of  massage therapy in reducing stress and millions of people avail  themselves to the services of massage therapists to treat stress.  Using  massage to reduce stress is natural and safe and unlike some forms of  alternative therapies, massage therapy is a proven discipline within the  medical community with scientific evidence supporting the use of  massage for stress management. Massage therapy does reduce stress levels.  

According to The Franklin Institute web site on the human brain and  stress, “Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous  system.” 

The Mayo Clinic website identifies massage as a valid medical  method to reduce stress and pain.  It goes on to say, “Massage reduced  anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced  anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.”

In fact there are many studies that have proven the effectiveness of massage in reducing stress in various situations:

  • In October 2008 the journal Psychooncology published a  study entitled, “Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy  reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.” The conclusion of the study  stated, “…a significant reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.”
  • In May 2008 The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatrypublished a study entitled, “Pilot study evaluating the effect of  massage therapy on stress, anxiety and aggression in a young adult  psychiatric inpatient unit.”  The study concluded that “Massage therapy had immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures.”

Below is a part of an abstract from a study of massage for stressed employees:

Shulman, K.R. & Jones, G.E. (1996).  The effectiveness of massage therapy intervention on reducing anxiety in  the work place. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 32, 160-173.


METHOD: An on-site chair massage therapy  program was provided to reduce anxiety levels of 18 employees in a  downsizing organization. 15 control group Ss participated in break  therapy. Subjects’ stress levels were measured with the State-Trait  Anxiety Inventory, which was administered twice during pretest, post  test, and delayed post test to achieve stable measures. RESULTS: Significant reductions in anxiety levels were found for the massage group.

The above are just a few of the dozens of clinical studies proving  the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating stress related  disorders. 

Yes, massage therapy is a proven, mainstream,  medically based, non evasive way to physically reduce harmful levels of  stress hormones in the body while increasing levels of endorphins.

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