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You see it on the movies and TV  all the time.  The stressed but happy couple goes off for a couple’s massage…and all kinds of mishap and hilarity ensues.  It’s good comic relief  and good stress relief but a new study shows couples who skip the pro and instead massage each other can reap the same stress relief rewards.

Time Magazine reports on a small study involving couples who all completed a three-week massage course. Before and after each massage session, participants answered questions about their physical and mental health – like irritability, mental clarity, mood, pain, and emotional stress.

The researchers found that both partners’ well being, stress and coping abilities improved after each massage and those results remained even three weeks following the end of the training.

Researchers also found that physical and emotional well being for both the masseuse and massagee surged after each session.  (Time)