Thai Massage Makes You Smarter?

A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 1996 showed that massage heightened alertness in participants.

Many studies have shown that massage therapy is relaxing. But one study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 1996 showed that massage heightened alertness. Study participants could perform math computations twice as fast and with twice the accuracy after getting a massage!

The study consisted of fifty adults. Twenty-six participants received a chair massage for 15 minutes twice weekly for five weeks. The remaining 24 control group participants relaxed in the massage chair but did not receive a massage. On the first and last days of the study, researchers monitored the participants for EEG before, during and after the sessions, and had the participants do math computations, complete several assessments, and provide a saliva sample for cortisol.

The results of this study were as follows:

Frontal delta power increased for both groups, suggesting relaxation.
The massage group showed decreased frontal alpha and beta power (suggesting enhanced alertness), while the control group showed increased alpha and beta power.
The massage group showed increased speed and accuracy on math computations, while the control group did not change.
Anxiety levels were lower following the Massage but not the control sessions, although mood state was less depressed following both the massage and control sessions.
Salivary cortisol levels were lower following the Massage but not the control sessions, only on the first day.
At the end of the five weeks, depression scores were lower for both groups, but job stress scores were lower only for the massage group.

So it is smart to get a Thai massage to keep healthy, and a healthy way to get smart!

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