Investigate the effects of massage

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Learning Objectives

In the course of this learning module you will become familiar with the generally accepted effects of massage therapy.


If we are to provide our clients with the type of massage that best suits their goals, and medical condition we must have an understanding of what the effects of different types of massage applications are.

It’s important to realise that most of the generally accepted effects of massage are based on physiological principles and the experiences of massage practitioners, but have not yet been confirmed by research evidence.

Mechanical vs. Reflexive Effects

The effects of massage can be considered to be composed of mechanical (or direct) effects and reflexive (or indirect) effects.

Mechanical effects are those that are directly caused by the massage application.

Reflexive effects occur indirectly via the nervous system.

What are the Effects of Massage?

Your teacher has established a google document titled the effects of massage.

  • Log into any Google service, then click on the above link
  • Click on the above link, scroll to the bottom of the document, click on Edit this page.


David McQuillan 2008

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