‘To give is better than to receive?’ Couples massage significantly benefits both partners’ wellbeing

Sayuri M Naruse, Piers Cornelissen, Mark Moss

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Abstract

This experimental study evaluated the differential effects of ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ massage on wellbeing in healthy but stressed couples. Forty-two volunteers started the study and of these, 38 (i.e. 19 couples) completed a 3-week massage course. Emotional stress and mental clarity were assessed before and after mutual massage between each pair of adults belonging to a couple at home. While massage benefitted both parties’ wellbeing within a session, critically we found no differences in wellbeing between those ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ massage. These novel findings suggest that home-based massage may be advocated to couples as a ‘selves-care’, health-promoting behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1576-1586
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number10-11
Early online date2 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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