Any of you who have had a massage have first-hand knowledge of the therapeutic benefits. But did you ever wonder just how far-reaching the benefits of massage could be? The Massage Therapy Journal reported in 2011 some very interesting studies of the use of massage therapy in people with Alzheimer’s disease and people in hospice. People with Alzheimer’s were given five minute hand massages. They showed increased body awareness and alertness and a reduction in confusion and anxiety. A study was also done with patients in hospice care. The results were quite interesting. It concluded that massage provided significant benefit to people in hospice if it was offered regularly to those who wanted it.