First, I am a massage therapist, and I truly believe in what massage therapy is capable of doing. And, in believing such, I decided to research many of the theories out there about what massage does. I am also a psychology student at a Wisconsin college.
I recently presented about Massage and it's effects on anxiety at a Massage Therapy Foundation conference in Seattle in May. Yes, massage decreases anxiety and stress levels. Your nervous system activity is lower when you are getting a massage than when you are just laying down. It does not, I repeat does NOT directly affect cortisol, but of course, when you are getting massages you don't feel as much stress, and therefore the levels in your body go down. It also makes your muscles more relaxed around your joints, therefore making you just a little taller than you were when you laid down, and probably looking a little thinner because things are more spread out in the way they are supposed to be.
I would be very interested in seeing whether massage helps with a weight-loss plan. (Everyone reading this is surely saying, "I'd be a subject!!" Caught you!) I started a team that I would very much like to use to collect data, if anyone is interested. Massage Professionals. This is not just people who do massage, but who are professionals at getting them too! Come join if you would like to help me!
- 9/2/2010 9:08:42 PM