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De-stress With Massage Therapy During Stress Awareness Month


April is Stress Awareness Month, and research has long indicated that massage therapy is effective for stress relief. Find out why you should schedule a massage to help manage stress.

What Some Research Says About Massage & Stress

In a study on the effect of trigger point therapy, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10 to 15 minute chair massage in controlled studies. Changes in psychological states have been measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale and the Anxiety State ScaleMassage & Stress Research »

Related: Relief Within Reach: Massage & Stress | 2.5 Credit Hours

Massage Can Help Other Aspects of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Massage therapy can reduce the symptoms of depression. Research indicates massage can improve mood and reduce depression in those with chronic pain, MS, chronic disease, lower back pain and more.

Studies also indicate massage can decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety and reduce trait anxiety with a course of treatment providing benefits similar to psychotherapy.


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Members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are the most trusted massage therapists in the United States.


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