When I posted on the stress response last week, I hinted about some research which has found massage to be helpful in reducing stress and enhancing emotional well-being. Here is a link to a literature review which I wrote with my colleague, Diana Newson, for the Massage Training Institute (MTI) research group:
I wasn’t sure which image to include here, but I have decided on one of a face massage. Our emotional responses are directly linked to the contraction and relaxation of our facial muscles. Facial massage therefore tends to bring about a deep state of relaxation, seemingly disproportionate with the area being massaged.