There is something about getting a massage. Just saying the word “massage” makes me relax. Ahhh. Maybe it’s because I feel so much better afterwards. Muscles are looser and I can breathe deeper. I’ll often listen to classical music after a massage to continue its relaxing effect.

Other times I feel invigorated. Ready to do some outdoor spring clean up, go for a walk, or play tennis. So what’s really happening in my body to make me feel this way? Learn how rubdowns repair muscle in this month’s Science News Magazine.