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Massage and the Importance of Touch

 A fundamental necessity

catassageImagine; a relaxed far off dreamy feeling, a sense of languor. A delicious sense of relaxation and well-being achieved without drugs or alcohol. A dimensional space where there is nothing to do other than simply be… where you can experience and enjoy the pleasure of your body without any agenda.

In Western society, human touch is becoming more difficult, and yet it is proven that children brought up deprived of loving touch develop more mental, emotional; and physical problems than those who receive adequate touch and nurturing.

Trials with people of all ages indicate that massage benefits everyone, yet we are becoming more prudish, politically correct and brainwashed in an inhuman way which causes us to neglect some of the most important aspects of life.

Touch is formalised in our society and often limited to handshakes or ‘appropriate’ touching of the back, arms and shoulders. If you remember when you were a child before value judgements about bodies developed, touch was normal, natural and appropriate to the situation.

Massage is communication

Anthropologists estimate that anything up to ninety per cent of everyday human communication is non-verbal, though obviously this figure will vary widely. For example body language, facial expression, tone of voice, the distance you may stand apart from someone, the brightness in your eyes and even the level of pheromones are some of our non-verbal signals.

If we think that we are communicating through touch, or if we feel that we are, then we are doing so. Touch conveys ‘I am here, I am with you’, it is the most basic reassurances that human beings can give to one another.

It is through touch that we understand that we are not completely alone, therefore massage is a very important practise as it helps to release stress and it also helps to break down barriers that divide us from ourselves and each other.

Viewed scientifically, massage works by relaxing and refreshing tired or knotted muscles; by stimulating the nerve endings in the superficial layers of the skin; by increasing the blood circulation in the capillaries; by improving deep circulation, both of the blood and of lymph; and by stimulating the production of endorphins, which are the brain’s own natural opiates.

Massage can also be reassuring, building self-confidence. This may be a side-effect of the endorphins, but equally, it may well be the result of interacting with another person, the masseur or masseuse, and of receiving their undivided attention. This is a powerful affirmation of self-worth.

There is no denying that massage fulfils a deep human need; and it is probably the oldest form of therapy in the world. It evolved from natural and perhaps even instinctive behaviour, as a means of easing hurts and stiffness and helping a tired or tense body to recuperate.

Learning massage

Massage is one of the most effective forms of first-aid for injuries that do not require immediate hospitalisation.  Knowing how to massage a strained muscle or to be supportive in times of emotional stress is an excellent skill to have.

Lovers are often unsure of how to touch other than at the most basic, instinctive level. This is not fun, however when the sexual passion falls away and you feel self-conscious about touching your partner, learning massage can help to overcome some of these fears because massage creates an atmosphere in which you can follow your inclinations with your partner.

Massage is perhaps the oldest of the healing arts,
it is instinctive, because it it hurts, you rub it,
and massage is this instinct developed.

Hadn’t you better arrange your treatment today?

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