HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY
PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE AND ITS IMPACT ON PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL CORRELATES
This study measured the effects of massage therapy (MT) on reducing of anxiety and cortisol levels in 38 undergraduate women and 27 men, average age 20.25 years. Randomly assigned to a professional massage group (PMG, 48% of participants) and a control group, participants completed State Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger, 1983), and granted a saliva sample to measure cortisol levels, before and after massage was administered. We were interested in the effects of MT on lowering state anxiety.