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What Is The Science Behind Massage Therapy?

When it comes to massage therapy, there is a growing body of research that supports its benefits for both physical and mental health. In this article, we’ll explore the science behind massage therapy and its proven benefits.


Are massages scientifically proven?

Yes, massages are scientifically proven to have a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental health. Research has shown that massage therapy can reduce muscle tension, improve flexibility, and decrease pain in people with chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. It can also promote relaxation and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Is Deep Tissue Scientifically Proven?

Deep tissue massage is a specific type of massage that focuses on deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. While there is limited research on deep tissue massage specifically, studies have shown that massage therapy in general can reduce inflammation and promote healing in the body.

What happens to muscles when massaged?

When you receive a massage, the pressure applied to your muscles helps to increase blood flow and oxygenation, which can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Massage therapy can also help to release tension in your muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion.

Do massages have long term benefits?

Yes, massages can have long term benefits for both physical and mental health. Regular massage therapy has been shown to reduce the symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia, improve flexibility and range of motion, and promote relaxation and stress reduction.

What happens to your body after a massage?

After a massage, you may feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and more focused. Massage therapy has been shown to increase the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood boosters. It can also help to reduce inflammation and improve immune function.

Is there scientific evidence for massage therapy?

Yes, there is scientific evidence for the benefits of massage therapy. In fact, research has shown that massage therapy can have a positive impact on a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and stress. Massage therapy is also considered a safe and effective complementary therapy for many medical conditions.


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  2. Kargarfard, M., Lam, E. T., Shariat, A., Shaw, I., Shaw, B. S., & Tamrin, S. B. (2015). Efficacy of massage on muscle soreness, perceived recovery, physiological restoration and physical performance in male bodybuilders. Journal of sports sciences, Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26334128/

  3. Moyer, C. A., Rounds, J., & Hannum, J. W. (2004). A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychological bulletin,  Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14717648/

  4. Rapaport, M. H., Schettler, P., & Bresee, C. (2010).

    A preliminary study of the effects of repeated massage on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and immune function in healthy individuals: a study of mechanisms of action and dosage. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,  Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20809811/

  5. Rapaport, M. H., Schettler, P., & Bresee, C. (2010). A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of Swedish massage on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,  Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22775448/


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!

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