Anxiety – International Journal of Neuroscience
Clinical Study: Massage therapy reduced anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations.
Adults were given a chair massage, and control group adults were asked to relax in a chair for 15 minutes, two times per week for five weeks. Frontal delta power increased for both groups, suggesting relaxation. The massage group showed decreased alpha and beta power, and increased speed and accuracy on math computations.
At the end of the five-week period depression scores were lower for both groups but job stress scores were only, for the massage group.