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Studies show health benefits of massage.

Studies show health benefits of massage: I'm not surprised at all.
7:04 AM Mar 16 2012

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The WSJ article says more research is being driven by massage therapy's popularity:

New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence.

Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.

Some stats from the article:

  • 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002.

  • Massage was a $10 billion industry in the U.S. in 2011.

Happy endings all around.

Memo to self: Get Massage before working on taxes!

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