A team of researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, Calif and led by Dr. Mark Rapaport have conducted a study involving 53 participants. 29 of the participants received a 45 minute Swedish massage and 24 received a slightly gentler approach with the massage involving a lighter touch.
Researchers took blood samples from the individuals both before and after their massages and found that even those who received just one massage saw very positive changes in the composition of their blood.
The results showed that both massages increased the number of disease fighting white blood cells in the body and those in the Swedish massage group experienced a reduction in their cortisol levels (stress hormone).
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