Georgia’s Leading Massage School, Atlanta School of Massage, and Emory University Partner in Research Study

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Studies provide insight into the biological effects of massage therapy.

Atlanta School of Massage (ASM) and Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have partnered to study the biological effects of massage therapy in healthy individuals. The study is a continuation of an earlier study conducted at Cedars-Sinai led by Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. These studies confirm the sustained physiological effects of Swedish massage therapy, as compared to a control group, in healthy individuals.

According to a statement from Dr. Rapaport in a recent Emory University Newsletter, "We believe that understanding of the mechanisms of action underlying the effects of massage and light touch in healthy individuals − including the effect of different frequency regimens on different biological systems − will help to guide the design of studies aimed at specific therapeutic effects for targeted populations."

“Since Dr. Rapaport’s arrival at Emory last September, our school has worked extensively with his research group to develop the training tools, establish research protocols and provide professional and reliable research trained staff to ensure the successful completion of massage research protocols at Emory,” says Leticia Allen, president of Atlanta School of Massage.

“Partnerships between researchers and massage therapists are invaluable as they enable all those involved to contribute their expertise while gaining exposure to other fields from qualified individuals. In other words, the scientists can be scientists and the massage therapists can be massage therapists and both groups will be better prepared for further collaboration,” comments Erika Larson. Dr. Rapaport will be speaking at the 2013 International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Boston, MA., hosted by the Massage Therapy Foundation.

This unique partnership includes Lovelace Linares, ASM Massage Program Director and team liaison, ASM massage therapist researchers Erika Larson, Dedric Carroll, Laureen Dietrick and Brittney Turnes.

Links to the collaborative studies, published 2010 and 2012, respectively, are as follows:

About Atlanta School of Massage
Atlanta School of Massage, the leading Georgia massage school, is celebrating 32 years of providing excellence in massage therapy education.

In keeping with its leading-edge tradition, Atlanta School of Massage continues to expand on a long history of accomplishments:

  •     First massage school in Georgia
  •     First Georgia massage school to be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSC)
  •     First massage school represented within the Green Spa Network
  •     Named an ACCSC 2004 School of Distinction
  •     First Georgia massage school to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer Title IV funding
  •     First massage school to partner with Emory University on research into the beneficial effects of neuromuscular therapy on patients with Parkinson's disease
  •     First Georgia massage school to open a skin care division, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics

Atlanta School of Massage is located at 2 Dunwoody Park, Atlanta, Georgia 30338. For more information, call 877-718-0596 or visit

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