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

Naruse, Sayuri, Cornelissen, Piers and Moss, Mark (2018) ‘To give is better than to receive?’ Couples massage significantly benefits both partners’ wellbeing. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1359-1053

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105318763502

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: couples, emotional stress, health behaviour, massage, mental clarity, wellbeing
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 15:41
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2018 04:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33903

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