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Medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain
relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced
blood pressure, heart rate, and state anxiety.
Theories behind what massage might do include blocking pain signals to
the brain (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous
system which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin,
preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and