By Rebekah Frizzelle Owens, LMT, BCMT, CIMI, CPMT
“Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight ... In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touch starved.”
~ Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
What is the first thing you do when a child is crying? You pat his back or hug him. What about when you bang your knee on a coffee table? You rub it. When a family member is sad or upset? You give her a hug or just hold her tight. The common theme here is touch; you touch someone to make them feel better, to help them heal. Did you know that rubbing someone’s back when they are upset is a kind of therapeutic touch or an informal massage? How many of us rub or child’s back when we get him ready for bed? We are massaging him!
Therapeutic touch and massage “goes beyond the routine and bonds one human being to another” (1). It is gentle, patient, conscious, and says, “I’m here, I care, you are important to me. It is an easy, natural way to care for someone.
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