Massage Offers More Benefits than Just Relaxation


By Elizabeth John

NHI students and graduate volunteers celebrating after a successful fundraising event for USAid.

Massage recipients often claim to feel better, more relaxed and rejuvenated. New research suggests that there’s a scientific reason for that: massages may actually change the body’s chemistry.

The National Holistic Institute, California’s oldest and largest nationally-accredited college of massage therapy, references a study by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center published in the October edition of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that concludes, “Preliminary data suggests that a single session of Swedish Massage Therapy produces measurable biologic effects. If replicated, these findings may have implications for managing inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.”

“Everyone who’s had a massage knows they feel fantastic when they get off the table, but this really puts it in medical terms,” responds Tim Veitzer, NHI president. NHI uses such research studies to ensure that its students graduate at the top of this growing field.

NHI has educated thousands of successful graduates since 1979 with the mission of ‘Helping People Have Work They Love.’ Its rich history and industry relationships have made it a leader in the massage profession. Currently, NHI operates six campuses around the state, including its Los Angeles campus which moved in September from Encino to Studio City.

The general public can benefit from massage therapy at NHI’s fully-supervised teaching clinic, where students hone their craft before graduating. Student massages are $30 or $60, for 50 or 100-minutes, respectively. NHI graduates work as massage therapists in private practice, medical offices and spas, including Bliss, Burke-Williams, and Massage Envy. Learn more about the National Holistic Institute or book a student massage at or call (818)-788-0824. The National Holistic Institute is located at 10969 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

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