Did you know…

Massage continues to increase in popularity, becoming the choice for more and more people for pain relief, recovery, rehabilitation, maintenance, relaxation and general wellbeing.

Massage Therapists gain a sound understanding of the human body, the role of touch and how the purposeful application of touch provides targeted results on the body.

The body is an amazing machine, did you know…
• 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
• The skin is the largest organ in the body, moderating body temperature, assisting sense of touch and protecting us
from illness
• The average person sheds over 18 kilograms of skin in a lifetime
• The average person’s hair grows 950km in a lifetime
• There are over 640 muscles in the human body
• There are 206 bones in an adult human body and about 300 at birth
• Touch can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure
• Touch encourages the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers
• The entire lining of the stomach is replaced every 3 days on average
• Your nose can remember over 10,000 smells
• The brain is the most complex organ in the human body
• The speed of conduction of nerve signals depends on the type of fibre and type of message, ranging from 0.6 metres/second to 120 metres/second. Nerve signals relating to touch travel much faster than those for pain
• On average most people blink about 17,000 times a day
• 15 million blood cells are produced or destroyed in the human body every second
• Massage is one of the oldest forms of health care and Egyptian tomb paintings depict people being massaged

Massage Therapists commonly cite the satisfaction they receive from the profession of Massage Therapy. This comes from seeing both immediate and long-term results unfold due to their individualised treatment plans. Understanding the structure and function of the body and the role of touch facilitates these results.