One 30-Minute Workout May Relieve Symptoms of Depression

Exercising for just 30 minutes may significantly reduce symptoms of depression and amplify the benefits of therapy, according to a recent study from Iowa State University.

The study evaluated the magnitude, timing, and duration of the psychological effects of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cycling exercise compared to quiet rest in 30 adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). Participants completed questionnaires before, during, and after the exercise session and the results were evaluated changes in three characteristics of MDD, such as depressed mood state, difficulty experiencing pleasure from activities previously enjoyed (anhedonia), and decreased cognitive function. Researchers found that the beneficial psychological effects of exercise on depression and mood lasted up to 75 minutes post-workout.

Jacob Meyer, PhD, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University and the lead author of the paper, says, “The cool thing is these benefits to depressed mood state and anhedonia could last beyond 75 minutes. We would need to do a longer study to determine when they start to wane, but the results suggest a window of time post-exercise when it may be easier or more effective for someone with depression to do something psychologically or cognitively demanding.”

Read the study abstract online at



New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.

Increasing Education Hours: A Trend on the Rise

Due to a revised federal rule change, states with minimum-hour education requirements lower than 600 are considering increasing their massage therapy program length. Find out which states have already introduced bills that would raise education hours, which massage boards have proposed and made final rule changes, and why this is becoming a national trend.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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