Women Volunteers are Needed for St. Kate's Study

A study is taking place at St. Catherine University to learn if regular massage therapy sessions influence weight loss. Healthy, nonsmoking women between the ages of 18 and 55 who are attempting to lose weight are needed to serve as volunteers for this study.

There will be two groups:

  • Group 1 will receive free, weekly (eight weeks) 60-minute massages from a female nationally certified massage therapist.
  • Group 2 will receive one 60-minute massage from a female nationally certified massage therapist in addition to a $50 gift card from Target, Caribou or Espresso Royale.

The time commitment for both groups is approximately two hours per week for eight weeks. The sessions start Wednesday, Sept. 29. Both groups will undergo a one-time assessment of their body fat and will need to complete weekly surveys on mood and eating habits. Saliva will be collected for later analysis.

For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Mark Blegen at St. Catherine University, (651) 690-6425.