Studies show regular massage helps boost the immune system:
- A 2010 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that massage increased the participants’ WBC count, and improved immune function for HIV patients.
- Another 2010 study, this one from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, showed several measurable benefits of massage. Among them: participants experienced an increase in the number of circulating lymphocytes, while their cortisol levels decreased.
- A 2005 study done by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami concluded that breast cancer patients who received regular massage (3 sessions/week for 5 weeks) showed increases in their levels of dopamine, NKCs and lymphocytes from the first to the last day of the study. In addition, they reported better mood and more energy.