Atlanta School of Massage and Emory University‘s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have partnered to study the biological effects of massage therapy in healthy individuals.

The study is a continuation of an earlier study conducted at Cedars-Sinai led by Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, , according to a press release. These studies confirm the sustained physiological effects of Swedish massage therapy, as compared to a control group, in healthy individuals, the release noted.

“Partnerships between researchers and massage therapists are invaluable as they enable all those involved to contribute their expertise while gaining exposure to other fields from qualified individuals,” noted Leticia Allen, president of Atlanta School of Massage, as quoted in the press release. “In other words, the scientists can be scientists and the massage therapists can be massage therapists and both groups will be better prepared for further collaboration.”

Rapaport will speak at the 2013 International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted by the Massage Therapy Foundation.