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Anxiety and Massage


Massages given twice a week to agressive adolescents over a five week period resulted in decreased anxiety, aggressiveness and hostility.

- Diego, M.A., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Shaw, J.A., Rothe, E., Castellanos, D., & Mesner, L. (2002). Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy. Adolescence, 37, 597-607.


A report on connective tissue massage suggests value in the treatment of anxiety and symptoms of tension.

- McKechnie, A.A., Wilson, F., Watson, N. & Scott, D. (1983). Anxiety states: A preliminary report on the value of connective tissue massage. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 27, 125-129.


Urinary levels of norepinephrine and cortisol were lower in the massage control group for depressed patients over a five day period. Observations from nurses involved in the study include an increase in the number of hours slept at night and less anxiety in those who received a massage each day.

- Field, T., Morrow, C., Valdeon, C., Larson, S., Kuhn, C. & Schanberg, S. Massage reduces anxiety in child and adolescent phychiatric patients. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 31, 125-131.


Employees of a company experienced lowered anxiety levels after receiving a chair massage in the work place.

- Shulman, K.R. & Jones, G.E. (1996). The effectiveness of massage therapy intervention on reducing anxiety in the work place. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 32, 160-173.

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