Massage has been around for thousands of years. It's impossible to discount
the effects touch has on each and every one of us. Below is a list of some of
the research about massage and additional comments about the conclusions.
The following research articles can be found at the Touch Research
Institute. We highly encourage you to visit them to learn more about massage
Massage therapy reduced anxiety, depressed mood and salivary cortisol (stress hormone)
levels and body dissatisfaction and increased dopamine levels.
Field, T. Hernandez-Reif, M., Nearing, G., Shaw, S., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn,
C. (2001). Anorexia symptoms are reduced by massage therapy. Eating
Disorders, 9, 289-299.
Robert's Comments :
Massage therapy can
over time help people become more comfortable with their bodies. It can also
help increase body awareness. I've seen clients who actually learned how to
respect their bodies more and consequently treat themselves better.
with ADHD rated themselves as happier and were observed to fidget less after
massage sessions. Also, teachers rated adolescents receiving massage as less hyperactive and
as spending more time on-task.
Children with ADHD showed more on-task behavior in the classroom and were rated
as less hyperactive by their teachers following one month of twice weekly
Quintino, O. & Hernandez-Reif, M., & Koslovsky, G. (1998). Adolescents
with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit from massage therapy.
Adolescence, 33, 103-108.
Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., and Shanberg, S. (2004). Massage therapy improves
mood and behavior of students with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder,
Adolescence, 152, 623-638.
Is it possible that our school system has gotten to the point,
where we no longer get enough physical motion to actually dissipate some of the
built up energy in our own bodies? I don't know where you live, but here they
have trying to get rid of physical education. So now they want kids to sit
there, don't move out of your chair, and pay attention for 6 hours?? Give me a
break. As if our bodies are somehow less important than our left brains. I hope
someone asks the question "Who's running this show??".
Massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. The
massage therapy group also showed improved range of motion and their serotonin
and dopamine levels were higher.
Field, T., Krasnegor, J., Theakston, T. (2001) Low back pain is reduced and
range of motion increased after massage therapy. International Journal of
Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.
This is a no brainer, but now there's research to back it up. Massage works by a physical mechanism.
We actually touch people and help release stress and tension from the muscles,
including the lower back. Interestingly, it seems as though most back pain is
actually coming from the hip flexors, but that's another story.
Massage therapy reduced anxiety and depression and improved immune function including
increased natural killer cell number.
Ironsor, G., Field, T., Hurley, J., Katz, G., Diego, M., Weiss, S., Fletcher,
MA., Shanberg, S and Kuhn, C. (2003) Breast cancer patients have improve immune
and neuroendocrine function following massage therapy.Journal of
Psychosomatic Reseach, 57,45-52.
This is interesting because there has been some speculation
about whether or not to massage people who have cancer. This study helps show
that massage can improve the ummune system function for cancer
More Massage Research coming soon....
Robert Sigler, C.M.T.
is a professionally
trained and certified massage therapist in Virginia. He is certified by
the Nursing Board of Virginia. He has been a practicing massage for seven
years and has given thousands of massages. Robert is also an instructor at
a world renowned massage school in Virginia Beach. He has taught people
literally from all over the world.