Benefits of Chair Massage Study Shows reduced anxiety, increased alertness and maths computations

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Benefits of Chair Massage Study Shows reduced anxiety, increased alertness and maths computations

The study into the effectiveness of chair massage carried out by the University of Miami et al. Shows the clear benefits of massage for the employee and the company. The study compares two group; the first group (massage group) received a 15 minutes chair massage twice a week for 5 weeks, the second group (control group) were asked to sit in the massage chair and relax for 15 minutes twice a week.

On the first and the last day of the experiment, EEG readings were taken of the subjects. The subjects completed maths computations before and after the session plus a POMS Depression & Anxiety Scale and saliva swabs to measure cortisol.

The massage group results were as follows:

  • Decreased frontal alpha showing increased relaxation
  • Decreased beta power suggesting enhanced alertness
  • Increased speed and accuracy on math computations
  • Anxiety levels were lower after the massage
  • Reduction of depression score and job stress.

The control group results were as follows:

  • Decreased frontal alpha showing increased relaxation
  • Reduction of depression score

All other areas remained at the same level.

REFERENCE

TIFFANY FIELD, GAIL ROBINSON, FRANK SCAFIDI, TOM NAWROCKI, and ALEX GONCALVES Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine JEFF PICKENS James Madison University NATHAN FOX University of Maryland SAUL SCHANBERG and CYNTHIA KUHN Duke University Medical School

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