A scientific study was set up as a specialist in HIV found that his patients who were having regular massages had a significant increase to their white blood cell count. The experiment on the television programme saw a group of people having their blood taken to test the white blood cell count. They all then had an hour's rest on massage tables to ascertain whether it is simply rest that is beneficial. Blood tests were done again and a slight increase was shown. The people then all had an hour's massage and were tested again. After massage, people's white blood cell count rose by 70%! This shows that massage can help with growth and repair of the body and that the immune system is boosted. It's well worth watching if you can catch up with it.