A recent study found massage may aid in recovery, particularly among women, from the temporary state of immunosuppression often induced by exercise.

“The main finding of this study was that, among the women, massage produced a greater recovery of the [immunoglobulin A] rate after intense exercise compared with sham treatment,” state the study’s authors. “The influence of gender on response to massage will be the subject of future study by our group.”

The research ran in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning; a full research report will run in the June issue of MASSAGE Magazine.