Did you know?
* Bob Hope lived to be 100 years young, and is believed to have had therapeutic massage daily as part of his healthy regimen.
* There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin and 3000 in a finger tip.
* 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 all better.
* Touch is the first sense to develop in humans, and may be the last to fade. A touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
* Massage lessens lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep.
* Massage improves an athlete's flexibility, enhances speed and power, and reduces risk of injury.
* Swedish massage is the most popular form of massage therapy practiced in the U.S. with Deep Tissue second.
* Elderly people who massage surrogate grandchildren report higher esteem and better moods.
* 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.
* The three most often cited resons for getting a therapeutic massage are relaxation, relief of muscle soreness, stiffness, or spasm and stress reduction.
* Doctors and consumers are turning more and more to massage as an adjunct to regular health practices.