Some Interesting Facts About Massage

*Touch is the first sense to develop in humans, and may be the last to fade.

* There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin– 3000 in a finger tip.

* One hour massage equates to 7-8 hours sleep on the body.

* Touch stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) which is why a mother’s hug for a child’s skinned knee can literally make it better.

*A touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.

*People with eating disorders who receive massage three time a day for ten day’s, gain weight faster and got out of the hospital six days sooner than those who don’t.

*Elderly people who massage surrogate grandchildren report higher-esteem and better moods.

*Massage before an athletic event, makes the athlete more flexible, enhanced speed and power, and less prone to injury.

* In 1996, massage therapy and bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. At the Games, Nationally Certified practitioners were providing key medical services.

* Fifty-four percent of primary care physicians and family practitioners say they would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as a complement to medical treatment.