Sunday, December 17

The Importance of Touch

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Touch is warmth and reassurance that we are not alone; it also increases our self worth.

Our sense of touch is registered by our skin; it is the first sense to become functional in the embryo.

Baby animals need to be licked by their mothers shortly after birth. If this does not happen for any reason they usually die unless their skin is stimulated by other means. Human babies learn their mother’s unique scent within sex weeks of their birth.

During the 19th centruy, a great many children died of disease called marasmus, the medical term for ‘wasting away’. This can be caused by extreme malnutrition, but in many cases was due to the lack of love, and most of these deaths occured in children’s institutions and orphanages as paediatricians strongly advised against “fussing”, these babies were not handled or loved in any way.

When we lay our hands upon another person with compassion and goodwill subtle changes take place both physically and psychologically. Touch can make us feel valued, peaceful and more aware of our whole body and being.

The minute we place our hands on another person’s body, we treat both mind and body.

A massage therapist who makes their client feel nurtured and cared for, can open up and release many blocked emotions, tense muscles begin to relax, blood and lymph flows more freely, nerves are soothed and all of this results in a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Massage may also aid the production of endorphins (brain chemicals that are the body’s natural pain killers)

Western medicine is wonderful and without it we would not all survive, but it only treats the condition once that condition has manifested itself. Complementary therapies not only treat the condition but are preventative measures against those conditions developing.

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