Massage & Bodywork

July/August 2010

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Antianxiety Foot Massage BY JOHN MRAMOR T 52 massage & bodywork july/august 2010 here is a growing body of research pertaining to the effects of various forms of foot massage— including refl exology—on anxiety, depression, immune system response, nausea, pain, and stress. A general review of the literature between the years 1999–2007 found that foot work is demonstrating signifi cant outcomes within a broad spectrum of populations, from postsurgical patients to people with cancer to middle-aged women to hospitalized patients.1

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