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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On 4:41 PM by Amazing Health Travel in

I recently read an article in The New York Times, 'Regimens: Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep' reporting on the benefits of getting a massage. You can read a summary of the article below.

Article Summary

The article covered a medical study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Center recruited 53 healthy adults and randomly assigned 29 of them to a 45-minute session of deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other 24 to a session of light massage.

The Results: The 29 volunteers who received the Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva. They also had an increase in the number of white blood cells, which boosted their immune system.

The 24 volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, but a lower release of cortisol. This group experienced a high level of contentment.

What does this mean for you?

This study confirms what wellness travel providers intuitively already knew. Wellness Travel benefits your overall health. By receiving massage services at a resort, hotel or destination spa, you are:

  1. Decreasing your stress level
  2. Boosting your immune system; and
  3. Increasing blood circulation throughout your body

I agree with the study findings. After I receive a massage, whether I visit the spa or get a massage from my husband at home, I always feel so much better. Getting a massage brings me clarity and relaxes my mind.

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