05 Mar '12, 1pm

Massage: how the power of touch can give you better health @NYR_Official

Massage: how the power of touch can give you better health @NYR_Official

I’m in a small, spartan room above Neal’s Yard. It’s a classroom and inside is a crowd of eager students drinking in the words of the teacher at the front of the room. But this isn’t an ordinary lesson. It’s a massage class. So why is everyone here? For some, it’s all about learning a new skill. For one Japanese student, it’s about being able to give her hard-working husband a soothing back rub at the end of the day. But for the rest of us, it’s about wellness and getting the chance to channel the benefits of regular massage into better physical and mental health. Despite forming a central part of some of the world’s best-known holistic health systems including Ayurveda, massage is often seen as an indulgence; something to do as a treat or while on holiday. But that is selling it short and underestimating its benefits. A 2010 study at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Cent...

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