The benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork are manifold. Recipients of regular massage often experience such positive outcomes as decreased anxiety and/or depression, enhanced sleep quality, better concentration, improved circulation, decreased blood pressure, greater flexibility and range of motion, alleviation and/or reduction in chronic pain, headache relief, quicker muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, lessening of muscle spasms and cramping, reduction in stress hormones, an increase in endorphins, and improved immune function.
According to researcher Dr. Tiffany Field, “In everything we’ve done, massage is significantly effective. There’s not a single condition we’ve looked at—including cancer—that hasn’t responded positively to massage . . . Massage works because it changes your whole physiology.”
Touch Research Institute founder and director Tiffany Field, Ph.D. on her research on the benefits of massage therapy: