University of Wisconsin-Stout psychology students study finds possible link between posture and anxiety

Goral and Burkett will present their study along with adviser Chris Moyer, a UW-Stout psychology professor, at the Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine research conference Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, in Seattle.

“The results are very strongly consistent with the hypothesis that massage therapy reduces anxiety by first altering the recipient’s posture. This would generate neural feedback from the body that would be incompatible with the emotion of anxiety. By standing taller, and having a body that is physically looser, a person’s body would actually be telling their mind that ‘you can’t be anxious because your body is relaxed,’ ” Moyer said.

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