Researchers in Japan recently found that elderly hospitalized people experienced a decrease in stress after aromatherapy massage.

Aromatherapy massage was performed twice a week for a total of eight times, according to an abstract on

“Aroma massage appears likely to prove effective in reducing psychological stress among elderly patients under long-term hospitalization,” the researchers noted.

“Effect of Aromatherapy Massage on Elderly Patients Under Long-Term Hospitalization in Japan” was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.