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.


Reiki Provides Improvement in Common Cancer-Related Symptoms
reiki_healingTo complement the Research Reports in the August 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Reiki practitioners provided services to adults being treated at a cancer center, as well as adults being treated in other areas of the same university hospital. Both groups reported an improvement in their symptoms after receiving reiki, with the cancer-center participants…  Read More »

Massage with Eccentric Resistance Improves Hamstring Flexibility
450812101Deep stripping massage strokes combined with eccentric resistance resulted the improvement of hamstring flexibility among a group of people with tight hamstrings, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of deep stripping massage alone or with eccentric resistance on hamstring length and strength,” involved 64 people with tight hamstrings on one or both sides and…  Read More »

Massage Lowers Stress in Infants with GERD
178146220A group of infants diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) showed a significant reduction in stress, as measured by cortisol, after receiving massage at home for 30 minutes twice a week for six weeks, according to recent research. The study, “Benefits of massage therapy for infants with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease,” involved 36 infants…  Read More »

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 »