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Massage Benefits: 9 Healthy Reasons To Make An Appointment Today

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/08/2012 9:06 am EST Updated: 03/07/2012 3:49 pm EST

Last week, a new study found that massage really does work to ease those sore muscles after a tough workout. Just 10 minutes can reduce inflammation, which can help your body recover.

However, the health benefits of touch extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains. Of course, the stressed-out have been proponents of the anxiety-busting procedure for decades. But a growing body of research suggests that a rubdown is even better for you than you think. Click through the slideshow below for some surprising health benefits of massage.

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For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.


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