Past research has shown that moderate-pressure massage therapy is more effective than light-pressure massage therapy for both adults and infants, and for weight gain in preterm infants. This study, “Moderate versus light pressure massage therapy leads to greater weight gain in preterm infants,” compared the behavioral states, heart rate and vagal activity in preterm infants receiving moderate-pressure massage with that of infants receiving light-pressure massage.

The full research report of  “Moderate-Pressure Massage is More Effective than Light-Pressure Massage for Preterm Infants,” ran in the print edition of MASSAGE Magazine’s March 2007 issue.