Benefits of Massage Therapy

| May 25, 2015

Massage therapy is an ancient Asian and Egyptian method based on human touch modalities.

Using the Internet, search the article, “Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy.”

On the basis of your research, summarize your thoughts and provide answers to the following questions:

  • Why does a change in cortisol and serotonin levels demonstrate the effectiveness of massage as a healing therapy?
  • Why are specific articles that use tangible outcomes and a scientific methodology important to advancing massage therapy as a credible and effective therapy?
  • How does this article contribute to the study of CAM practices?
  • What is your opinion of the modality discussed in this article? Do you see any outstanding benefits or detractions from the therapy’s use in contemporary wellness environments?

Write your answers in approximately 2- to 3-pages in a Microsoft Word document.

 On a separate page, cite any sources you used in the APA format.

 Support your responses with reasoning and examples.


 Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (2005).

Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following

massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 115(10),


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