Isn’t it something how each year the Old meets New… Our Older Selves meet the New Year…
The Undervalued Power of Touch
In one way or another at some time or the other, we reach out and touch someone or we are touched by someone, on the field, in the boardroom or even by a passing stranger during our daily hustle and bustle. From early too many of us learn there is ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch.’ And then there is the downright ‘touchy-feely’ that is associated with certain professions or types of people. But have we ever understood the magnitude of the power of touch?
Touch is so powerful that, Psychology Today notes; “we begin receiving tactile signals even before birth, as the vibration of our mother’s heartbeat is amplified by amniotic fluid.” Even before Birth! How much more then is its power after birth? Yet this is what happens;
‘Touching tends to have become taboo in the American school system and valid fears about abusive forms of touching rightfully limit contact within the classroom.’ (Nicolas Guéguen, Professor of Psychology)
Here we have the harsh realities of our world with the rampant abuse of children by adults causing us to underutilize the power of ‘good touch.’ So we continue to Break the Silence but even so ought we to simply discard the potentials for ‘good touch’?
You decide! More nurturing touch, less violence, was one of 14 many powers of touch noted in this article http://www.heysigmund.com/the-remarkable-power-of-touch/
The article highlighted that “research shows that when there is greater physical affection during childhood, the rates of adult physical violence are lower. On the other hand, when touch is limited, physical and verbal aggression is higher. The results have been found in both adolescents and children.”
Those words “reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this World a better place if you can” might be much more that lyrics to a beautiful song after all. Psychology Today also noted, “if touch is a language, it seems we instinctively know how to use it. But apparently it’s a skill we take for granted.”
And the great thing about touch is its mutuality. For example, Field’s research has revealed that a person giving a massage experiences as great a reduction in stress hormones as the person on the receiving end. So it would seem that massage therapy might actually be one of those ways we can make this World a better place not just for one but for all.
Have you ever gotten a massage?
Renowned speaker and life coach Tony Robbins has also chimed in on the power of touch. He wrote in an article https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/the-power-of-touch/
And think about it, with the hustle and the bustle many of us go through our lives tense and on edge, yet what do we do about it? For most of us nothing! Why? All because we undervalue the Power of Touch!
Is there not a better way? Especially when we consider the well documented touch benefits of; reducing stress, communicating compassion, makes you more civil, civic and cooperative, nurtures growth and development, reduces depressive symptoms for Alzheimer’s patients, acts as a source of encouragement, increases our likeability, promotes team success, makes an apology feel more heartfelt, fosters closer intimacy between partners and “Massage therapy reduces the pain in pregnant women, helps to ease the symptoms of prenatal depression and improves the couple relationship.” https://bodyecology.com/articles/healing_power_of_touch.php
Need more be before us before we realize how much we are undervaluing the power of touch? And what are we going to do about it? We can seriously consider our own experience of massage therapy. Taking all those benefits of touch and kneading them right into our life. Those benefits of regular touch that help with our mind body connection and so;
Did you know that YOU can have this healing power, literally at your fingertips? When you experience a massage from Sosa Massage Services you are working out that day to day stress and working in that much needed dose of touch benefits. And this is no cheap talk, studies suggest a number of ways touch can help us stay healthy, massage, for example, has been shown to lower blood pressure, slow heart rate and even help premature babies gain weight. And what makes Sosa MASSAGE Services stand out is ‘The Professional Touch’ that keeps getting better with time.
One article noted, “You can’t touch without being touched,” and at Sosa MASSAGE Services the masseuse monitors clients response and feedback and allowing this to truly guide improvements made with each massage allowing that professional touch to keep getting better and better.
Renowned neuroscientist David Linden recently-released book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind, explores how our sense of touch and our emotional responses impacts our lives in a very real way. We have a choice to make to value the power of touch and let it impact our lives in a real way for good.
To make that move toward massage therapy contact 1-868-355-1205 Sosa MASSAGE Services.
For long-term wellbeing, touch is as important as food and security.
We need touch, that comfort, that connection, the security and powerful emotional and physical health benefits that come from being touched in safe and appropriate ways. Over and over research has found that the benefits of touch don’t stop at the people we feel safe folding into. Just about one second of safe, interpersonal touch; a hand to the back or on the shoulder can influence health and behaviour in remarkable ways.
Why continue then to undervalue the power of touch.
Our Hurricane Season has started and what a way to begin … we all share in our concerns as the Season continues and sympathize and empathize with any who are or might be affected … http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/island-of-barbuda-literally-under-water-after-hurricane-irma/ar-AArpE68?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp .. we all might not be able to help or support in the same measure but we all can do something even if a mere show of moral support
Some wind and water speeded up …. just water … just a little breeze … just a lot of water … just water mixing with strong breeze… working together over a period of time … 9who would ever have thought)
Now to a meteorologist reading this, or someone who barely things outside the box, this wellness blog might be lost on you and not make sense, but then its already written for those who will get it today or who will get it in time…
Just Me! Hurricane Lessons
Now in a previous blog read of the different “therapies” and one of the many to which I subscribe as a therapist http://www.karryonservices.com/about-us/is massage therapy and spa days …
Ever learning … so at one of my frequented spas, one of my “therapists” who is phenomenal at her craft actually, would during those times when I had to be left for a while during the spa treatment, would occasionally return to the room to get something, and note have been with this spa for years.. anyways upon her return, she would say these words, “it’s just me” the first time these words were uttered I smiled and replied “okay”
But the therapist in me over the years realized, wait, this is a pattern statement, “it’s just me” and so my mental response would always be this …
“No no my dear, it is NOT just you and it would never be just you .. it is you .. a fantastic “therapist” who is both technically and personally gifted and talented who has much to offer and who makes a difference for good (unlike the Hurricane) in the life of others … “
Never said these words to her … but reflecting today on how it can never be for any of us “Just Me”
The Hurricane teaches …
us that what looks simple and unassuming when it goes through a meaningful process has fantastic potential to impact on a LARGE SCALE and we would hope for good though the hurricane shows that the impact can also be for the not good of others
So as we go through the Hurricane Season preparing to deal with just a mix of some wind and water .. let’s be safe and do what we can to limit damages, hurt and loss but let us to learn from the hurricane our
Potential for Impacting Greatly
Our Choice to be a Force for Good …. that’s what we do @t KarryOn http://www.karryonservices.com/company-profile/