Massage and the Brain
In 2018, over 47.5 million adult Americans received at least one massage. Although massage is commonly used to improve overall health and symptoms of depression and anxiety, the effects on the brain are unclear. This study will use fMRI, an image taken to show how the brain responds to whole-body massage. The information we gain may aid future patients.
- All genders
- Over 18 years old
- Healthy Volunteers
- In Person
Who can participate?
Gender: All genders
Age: Over 18 years old
Volunteers: Healthy Volunteers
Location: In Person
- Ages 18 years and older
- Stable health
- The ability to lie down for one hour at a time is required to receive a massage
- The ability to participate in an MRI (a way to take a picture of the brain), such as lying down in small spaces
- Attend in person at the University of Utah
- Participating in other alternative therapy such as acupuncture and mindfulness for mental health
- Currently smoking, substance abuse, or regular medication use
- History of head injury or diagnosis of a brain disorder
Will I be paid for my time?