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Study Details

Massage and the Brain

(IRB#: IRB_00155218)

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
  • Paid

Who can participate?

 Gender: All genders

  Age: Over 18 years old

  Volunteers: Healthy Volunteers

   Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria

  • 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

Exclusion Criteria

  • 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
  • Pregnant

Will I be paid for my time?


For more information contact:

Rachel Douglas


IRB#: IRB_00155218



Approval Date: 2023-04-20 06:00:00

Study Categories: Mental Health and Well-being Studies

Specialties: Psychiatry

Last Updated: 6/8/23