The importance of touch for well-being
Throughout the ages therapeutic touch has been used in some way to heal the sick and suffering. Whether it is a mother gently stroking the furrowed brow of her upset child, or rubbing of aching shoulders; tender loving touch, especially during infancy, is vital to our emotional and physical development.
When touch takes the form of skilled but sensitive massage, not only does it relax and revitalize an ailing or tired body, it is also a way of communicating warmth, reassurance and a sense of self worth.
Many studies have confirmed that massage triggers the release of mood-altering brain chemicals such as encephalins and endorphins which have the ability to reduce pain and generate a sense of well-being. Feelings of well-being stimulate the immune system and this then helps strengthen our resistance to disease.