A study entitled Perceived Treatment Efficacy for Conventional and Alternative Therapies Reported by Persons with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, in which Gibson et al (2003) found that fifty-nine percent of subjects felt that massage helped with the symptoms of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). This is reasonable considering that massage increases nutrients and oxygen in the tissues which would likely reduce fatigue and brain fog. Additional blood flow helps to cleanse the body and possibly relieve some of the body burden of toxins carried.
Since endorphins (natural pain killers) are released during massage, it is also a useful therapy for pain reduction and may be useful for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. The combination of relaxation, endorphins, nutrients and oxygenation is likely to produce a positive effect in most subjects.
Massage is popular, not for these effects, but for the sheer pleasure of touch being used to reduce tension and relax muscles. However, as we discovered, massage is not only pampering and rejuvenating, but also highly therapeutic!
See you on the massage table!
Gibson, PR, Elms, NM, & Ruding, LA (2003). Perceived Treatment Efficacy for Conventional and Alternative Therapies Reported by Persons with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Environmental Health Perspectives. 111(12):1498-1504.