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It's a no-brainer: Chronic mental and emotional stress, both of which can lead to depression, are eased by massage, so it's hardly a surprise that a number of studies conclude that massage therapy helps lift the blues. Researchers suspect that massage spurs the release of mood-boosting endorphins, perhaps in response to both physical manipulation and intimate hands-on touch. Some studies show that massage therapy is as effective as prescription antidepressants, such as Prozac and Paxil, in relieving anxiety, a major contributor to depression.