Are there any scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of massage for stress reduction?

Yes, there is a growing body of scientific research supporting the effectiveness of massage for stress reduction. Here are a few notable studies:

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that participants who received Swedish massage experienced significant reductions in stress-related measures, such as heart rate and cortisol levels, compared to a control group.

Another study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 2016 showed that participants who received a 15-minute chair massage at work experienced immediate reductions in stress, as measured by self-report questionnaires.

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in 2017 concluded that massage therapy was effective in reducing stress and anxiety levels across multiple studies.

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that aromatherapy massage using lavender oil significantly reduced stress and improved sleep quality among intensive care unit nurses.

While more research is still needed to further understand the mechanisms and long-term effects of massage on stress reduction, these studies provide scientific evidence supporting its positive impact on stress management.

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