I was sitting down to write this blog, and doing a quick google search about the essential needs for survival of human beings. People from all walks of life, from all disciplines agree on the following: food, shelter, clothing, water, food, adequate sleep, and breathing. Yet, there is one more crucial need that needs to be satisfied for us to be healthy and well, and that is touch.
Physical touch is one of our essential needs. This became apparent many years ago. Babies in orphanages, although they were warm, dry, and had good food did not flourish. When they were not picked up and held, they withered, and some even died. May I say that we are just bigger babies! We need nourishing touch as well to feel well in our lives. And satisfying our need for it has become a challenge.
We have welcomed AI into our lives. What a marvelous potential cellphones have brought us, for example. I can now video chat with my sister in another country from a little device. Amazing! Yet this same AI wonder also has us sit next to each other on the train, very involved with others over etherspace, yet for those who are present on the train, rarely looking one another in the eye, start a conversation, smile.
With all the turmoil of sexual harassment – and rightfully so – we seem to have become superconscious of something that is essential and healthy and which we need: a comforting hand on the shoulder, holding someone’s hand in friendly support, a heartfelt hug. When and where is it appropriate? Between whom, and in what form?…are the questions. It is as if physical touch has become a sexual offense.
Yet, we all need loving caring touch! Massage offers a wonderful solution, be it full body, or just a massage of our feet, hands, or scalp. That is why I am so happy to have learned a method that embraces the loving nurturing aspect of massage, a massage that goes beyond normal awareness and transcends the limited structure of basic stroking, squashing and pressuring. A massage that guarantees wellbeing at the highest form of relaxation and empowerment.
It is a pleasure to give and receive this kind of massage:)
In loving synergy,