It consisted of 30 adults with controlled hypertension (up to the last six months) that were all assigned at random to be a part of either a massage therapy group or a progressive relaxation group. “Those in the massage group were given twice-weekly 30-minute massage sessions in the afternoon or early evening for five weeks.” The participant received massages by various therapists based on a rotation system. The subjects would lie on their backs facing upwards while the therapist would massage the head, neck, arms, torso and legs. This was combined with stroking, squeezing, pressing and pulling motions. Then, the subjects would lie on their stomachs with their head facing downward while the therapist would massage the person’s calves and thighs, and then would massage the back in its entirety. The subjects in the progressive muscle relaxation group received instructions on how to complete self-administered exercises that they would do for 30-minutes twice a week for five weeks. In order to ensure that their schedule was compatible with the massage groups, researchers told the participants to only conduct their session only in the afternoon or early evening on the days that they were assigned.
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