Massage therapy as a workplace intervention for reduction of stress

Percept Mot Skills. 1997 Feb;84(1):157-8. doi: 10.2466/pms.1997.84.1.157.


This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 15-min. on-site massage while seated in a chair on reducing stress as indicated by blood pressure. 52 employed participants' blood pressures were measured before and after a 15-min. massage at work. Analysis showed a significant reduction in participants' systolic and diastolic blood pressure after receiving the massage although there was no control group.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Stress, Physiological / prevention & control*
  • Stress, Physiological / therapy
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy