“Just let all of your muscles go limp and loose,” Massage therapist Debbie Irene-Ide said as Anne Hartzell draped herself across the table.

“If I could have a massage every week,” Anne said. “I would have a massage every week.”

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have decided that might be a good idea.

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Scientists gave 29 healthy adults a 45-minute deep tissue massage and tested their blood before and after the massage and found biological changes after just one session, including reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol and an increase in white blood cells that boost the immune system.

KDAF-TV, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 24, 2010