Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. In spite of the paucity of published research evidence, regular massage therapy is a widely used technique in many cultures to treat chronic stress and anxiety and it deserves serious consideration. Consistent anecdotal evidence, a long history of widespread use of massage for stress reduction, and positive findings of open trials support the view that regular massage therapy reduces anxiety in general, and specifically when anxiety is related to examinations, problem-solving or work stress.
In my own massage therapist experience working with various clients who complain of chronic stress, test-taking stress and generalized anxiety, regular massage therapy effectively reduces anxiety, improves emotional resilience and enhances feelings of general well-being in anxious clients.
Massage is safe when done by a trained therapist, seldom resulting in injuries. However, individuals who have chronic pain disorders or other medical conditions that involve the musculoskeletal system should consult with their medical practitioner before receiving regular massage therapy.