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THE MIND-BODY BENEFITS OF GETTING A MASSAGE




If you're like, well, everyone, you've probably flunked out of a New Year's resolution or two (or 20, but whatever). The annual stroke-of-midnight need to resolve something about yourself usually centers around one idea: to be better.
But what if the way to feel happier, improve your sleep, kill it at your workout routine—all of that better stuff—is right at your fingertips, or in this case, someone else's? The medium: massage. "Weekly massages seem to have a cumulative positive effect that is sustained over time," says Mark Rapaport, M.D., a professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, who has studied the perks of massage. But since it isn't likely you can hit up the spa all the time: "Data suggests that you can reap benefits from even a single massage," he adds.
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