The importance of touch for well-being

 

From the beginning of  time therapeutic touch has been used in some way to heal the sick and suffering.  Whether it is a mother gently stroking the 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 revitalise 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.  

My aim, as an Aromatherapist and massage therapist,  is to support you in reaching your highest functional level of health with minimal risks; such as safe use of oils and adapting the massage to suit you personally.