While research suggests positive effects of massage on psychological health, little is known about the effects of massage on body image. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of massage on body image and to examine relationships between body image and attitudes toward massage. Twenty-one female college students aged 18 to 67 (M=25.2, SD=13.20) were randomly assigned to either a massage or control condition. Participants completed questionnaires measuring body image state and trait, attitudes toward massage, and demographics. It was hypothesized that the experimental group would show greater body image change than the control group. Results showed improved body image in both conditions, while large correlations were found between body image and attitudes toward massage.
A Bridge between the Mind and Body: The Effects Of Massage On Body Image State.
Undergraduate Review, 5, 58-63.
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