7 interesting facts about massage therapy

Massage course LondonAt Richdales Institute we love learning and sharing knowledge, it is our main goal and purpose. Whether we are teaching one of our aromatherapy, reflexology or massage courses in London we want you to learn as much as possible.

To carry on with this theme we thought we’d share a quick and informative piece with you.

7 interesting facts about massage therapy

Without further ado we as a leading provider of massage courses in London share with you our 7 interesting facts;

  1. Massage might be one of the oldest forms of medical care. The ancient Egyptian civilisation shows paintings on tombs of people being massaged.
  1. The first known meaning of the word ‘massage’ in the English language however came around 1450 when it meant the action of taking ‘mass’. The meaning changed to what it is today in the mid 1800’s.
  1. There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin? 3,000 in a finger tip.
  1. A healthy touch of any kind such as a massage can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
  1. There are over 640 muscles in the human body.
  1. Touch to the body stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers and feel good chemicals.
  1. In 1996, massage therapy/bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Olympics in Atlanta.

So there you have it, 7 interesting facts about massage therapy. We hope you learned something.