In February 14, 2017’s Institute for Integrative Health Care, Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS, wrote Massage Therapy’s Role in Heart Health. Clinically, massage has been shown to significantly reduce pain levels. When humans are in pain, the stress response is activated; this releases cortisol and adrenaline, which brings on a state of stress for the body and, specifically, a strain on the heart, eventually causing damage. A study of massage therapy on hypertensive women showed that over four weeks, Swedish massage therapy was shown to significantly reduce blood pressure and heart rate! Another study of children who had heart disease demonstrated that massage therapy was beneficial for the children who had undergone heart surgery, reducing their blood pressure and pain.