Interesting Facts About Touch...

  • 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
  • a touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure
  • 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 better
  • people with eating disorders who receive massage three time a day for ten day's, gain weight faster and got out of the hospital six days sooner than those who don't
  • elderly people who massage surrogate grandchildren report higher-esteem and better moods
  • massage before an athletic event, makes the athlete more flexible, enhanced speed and power, and less prone to injury
  • One in five Americans have had a massage from a massage therapist in the past five years and 13% report receiving one in the past year. This is up 8% from 1997.
  • Today, there are more than 60,000 Nationally Certified practitioners that serve millions of consumers.
  • Nationally Certified practitioners provide expertise in various areas of therapeutic massage and body work; Nationally Certified practitioners provide expertise in various areas of therapeutic massager and body work, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, polarity therapy, Rolfing�, Trager� techniques, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy and many more.
  • 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. At the Games, Nationally Certified practitioners were providing key medical services.
  • Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia now regulate the practice of therapeutic massage and bodywork. Of those, twenty-five states, in addition to the District of Columbia, now use the NCBTMB examination as meeting (in part or in whole) the requirements of regulation.
  • NCBTMB currently has over 600 Approved Providers of Continuing Education.
  • Consumers spend between $2 and $4 billion dollars annually on visits to massage and bodywork practitioners, totaling approximately 75 million visits each year.
  • The three most often cited reasons for getting a therapeutic massage are relaxation (27%), relief of muscle soreness, stiffness or spasm (13%), and stress reduction (10%).
  • Health insurers are increasingly expanding coverage to include alternative medicines. In addition, several healthcare network providers use NCBTMB to check the National Certification status of the practitioner.
  • Fifty-four percent of primary care physicians and family practitioners say they would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as a complement to medical treatment.
  • Massage therapy accounts for 18% of the 425 million visits made to alternative healthcare providers each year.
  • In 1999, 52% of American adults thought of massage as "therapeutic," which is up 47% from 1997.
  • An estimated 20 million Americans receive massage therapy and bodywork each year, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
  • Approximately 50,000 massage and bodywork practitioners provide 45 million one-hour therapy sessions each year.
  • Two thirds of Americans have tried at least one form of alternative therapy or treatment for medical conditions.
  • Massage therapy is the third most commonly used form of alternative medicine in the U.S., having been tried by 35% of Americans.
  • Women are more likely than men to have tried alternative treatment.
  • Forty-two percent of Americans have used some type of alternative care in the past.