Research

Researchers around the globe are investigating the benefits and mechanisms of massage therapy for both specific clientele and the general population. For more than two decades, MASSAGE Magazine has brought our readers the latest information about research studies conducted on massage therapy and related subjects.


Lavender Aromatherapy Eases PMS
Research-lavenderTo complement the Research Reports in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Inhaling lavender essential oil for 10 minutes resulted in a significant improvement in parasympathetic nervous system activity among women with mild to moderate premenstrual symptoms. Inhaling lavender essential oil for 10 minutes resulted in a significant improvement in parasympathetic nervous system…  Read More »

Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Hemodialysis Patients
Among patients with end-stage renal disease who were undergoing chronic hemodialysis, the application of 20 minutes of acupressure three times a week for four weeks resulted in a significant reduction in fatigue, as compared to both a placebo and control group, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of acupressure on fatigue in patients on…  Read More »

Swedish Massage with Ginger Oil Reduces Low Back Pain
Both Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil and traditional Thai massage resulted in significant immediate, short- and long-term improvements in low back pain. However, Swedish massage was found to be more effective in both the short- and long-term improvement of pain and disability, according to recent research. The study, “The effectiveness of Swedish massage with…  Read More »

Feldenkrais Method Helps Improve Osteoarthritis
Feldenkrais Method Helps Improve Osteoarthritis  A series of Feldenkrais Method classes held twice a week for 30 weeks resulted in improvements on the Four Square Step Test for dynamic balance and also changes in gait among older adults with osteoarthritis, according to recent research...Read More »by Robert Webb, Luis Eduardo Cofré Lizama and Mary P. Galea A series of Feldenkrais Method classes held twice a week for 30 weeks resulted in improvements on the Four Square Step Test for dynamic balance and also changes in gait among older adults with osteoarthritis, according to recent research. The study, “Moving With Ease:…  Read More »