- touch is the first sense to develop in humans, and maybe the last to fade
- there are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin- 3,000 in a fingertip.
- a touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower the blood pressure.
- touch stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), which is why the mother’s hug for a child’s skinned knee can literally make it better.
- people with eating disorders who receive massage 3 times a day for 10 days, gain weight faster and got out of hospitals six days sooner than those who don’t.
- massage before an athletic event makes athlete more flexible, enhances his speed and power, and makes him less prone to injury.
Benefits of regular massage
- Relaxes the body - Reduces tension headaches
- calms the nervous system - increases tissue metabolism
- lowers blood pressure - Decreases muscle deterioration
- Reduces heart rate - Speeds recovery from illness or - Slows respiration injury
- Loosens tight muscles - Increases range of motion
- Stretches connective tissue - Speeds elimination of metabolic - Increases blood and lymph waste
circulation - Strengthens the immune system
- improves muscle and skin tone - stimulates release of endorphins
- Reduces chronic pain - Reduces swelling
- Relieves cramped muscle - Improves posture
Mental Benefits: Emotional Benefits:
- Reduces mental stress. - Reduces anxiety
- Promotes quality sleep. - Enhances self-image
- Improves productivity. - Provides a feeling of well being - Induces mental relaxation - Nurtures and stimulates
- Improves concentration emotional growth