In 2004, Psychological Bulletin published a groundbreaking research paper analyzing the results of all previous scientific research in the massage field. Authored by a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, Christopher Moyer, it found that massage was just as effective in reducing state anxiety and depression as psychotherapy, but not because of a reduction in cortisol levels (the “stress hormone”) as had been commonly assumed up to that point by the massage profession.
- Download a copy of the original paper from Chris’s website. (Scroll down to the last link on the page.)
- Read my 6-page article about the results.
- Check out a copy of the new textbook that Chris co-edited with Trish Dreyden. Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice