Touch Research Institute was founded by developmental psychologist Tiffany Field to study the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life…
Touch Research Institute was founded by developmental psychologist Tiffany Field to study the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life – from newborn babies to senior citizens. Since founding the Touch Research Institute, Fields and her team have conducted and published over 100 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy.
Field first became interested in the benefits of massage therapy while trying to find ways to get premature babies to grow. She found that massaging the babies would help them gain more weight, sleep better, and better connect with his or her parents.
Her studies of massage therapy have also found that massage therapy increases attentiveness and alertness, including in individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and autism.
Further, she has demonstrated that massage therapy helps increase levels of serotonin in the body – a neurotransmitter that helps improves mood and reduces feelings of depression – and helps decrease stress hormones.
In case you needed more reasons to visit a Winnipeg massage therapy center, Fields has also proved that massage therapy helps improve the body’s immune system. In her studies, individuals with autoimmune disorders such as asthma found improved lung functioning and reduced asthmatic attacks. Moreover, those with HIV had higher immune cell counts following massage therapy sessions, as did individuals battling breast cancer.
The findings of Fields’ research also has economic implications. For example in her study on premature babies, the babies who underwent massage therapy sessions were released from the hospital on average six days earlier than the control group who did not receive the same treatment. The savings per child were roughly $10,000. Multiply that by 470,000 – the number of premature babies born each year – and the savings equal $4.7 billion.
As Fields continues her research with Touch Research Institute, the list of positive effects of massage therapy can only continue to grow.