Massage therapy is timeless and universal. This health care service offers many health benefits that help relieve the pain caused by arthritis, migraines, back pain, and even fibromyalgia. Indeed, due to our constantly more stressful schedule, it’s not strange to believe that more and more people are turning to massage therapy for relaxation and tension relief. Getting a massage can also improve your health and make your lifestyle more balanced. Whatever is the reason that pushes you to want a massage, you can rest assured this act of care toward yourself will become a highly successful part of your life’s wellness plan.

Here are ten interesting facts about massage therapy

  1. Our skin is the largest organ on our body. It serves as a protective coat. It also helps to transfer heat and cold as well as to create energy through the sun. Skin also allows us to feel the effects of a massage to its fullest.

  2. There are around 5 million touch receptors on your skin. Did you know that you have 3000 touch receptors on the tip of a finger?

  3. Each time you get a massage, your brain feels it because your skin cells send a nerve signal from your skin directly to your brain. Besides, muscle nerves travel at a speed of 390 feet per second. That’s why you can feel the sensation of a massage in an instant.

  4. If you get touched or receive a massage, your body releases endorphins, which is a natural painkiller. There are some types of massages that are performed over clothes and that are used for pain relief. Even in that case, you will still feel the endorphin traveling through your body.

  5. In Korea, only blind or visually impaired people can practice massage therapy.

  6. There are 45000 patents listed in the European Patent Office in the category of massage.

  7. Elders who perform massages on their grandchildren have higher self-esteem. They are also less likely to suffer from depression-based conditions.

  8. Lomi Lomi is an interesting type of massage from Hawaii. It mimics the movements of waves and the hula-hula dance.

  9. 1000 masseurs from Indonesia gathered together to massage 1000 people for 15 minutes. This was the biggest group therapy ever performed.

  10. Touch is the first feeling we develop as children. It is also the last to fade away when we get older. Any touch can reduce your heart rate and lower the chances for depression.

  11. When you receive a massage, your body gets immediately relaxed. The stress levels are instantly reduced.

  12. 60 minutes of massage have the same effect on your body like 7/8 hours of good sleep.

  13. Julius Caesar used massage to cure his epilepsy symptoms.

  14. The word “massage” was used for the first time in England during the 15th century.

  15. Esalen Massage is another unusual type of massage which is used to heal emotions. Today there are more than 80 different types of massage treatments which focus on specific body parts and offer a whole set of benefits.

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Conclusions

Many are the reasons to get a massage, from relieving stress to boosting your concentration levels. Indeed, a survey from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) showed that 67% of participants claimed the primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (41%) and stress-related (26%)

For how great massage therapy is, not all of us have enough money and time to rely on professional masseurs. Not to mention going to a spa regularly. That’s why we recommend you get a portable massager, like the Rooftree Wireless TENS Unit. This hand-held massager is exceptionally lightweight and convenient; you can pick one of its five modes, and with its help, you are set to go feeling as full of energy and relaxed as ever.