Power of Touch

Hi Everybody.  It’s been a great few weeks for me, having seen many of my lovely clients.  I do feel very lucky to have such a friendly bunch of people who want me to do treatments for them.  Even those that swear at me when I’m working on a particularly tight muscle (if you’re reading this then you know who you are!!). 😊  One of the main things I’ve been thinking about is how touch affects people.  Whether it’s in a positive or negative way.

When it’s a positive thing, touch can bring such a great feeling of peace and pleasure to somebody.  It gets all the “happy hormones” (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin) merrily swimming around in your body. When touch becomes a negative then the opposite occurs, we go into the “fight or flight” response.  So, heart rates, blood pressure and breathing rates rise and muscles tense, ready for action. The thing is, the same “touch” can be a positive or a negative, depending on your point of view.  Some clients prefer a firmer massage, or firmer pressure during a Reflexology Session, but others would find that uncomfortable and prefer a more gentle feel to their treatment.

During the pandemic many people have been starved of touch full stop, let alone positive touch.  It’s been especially difficult for those people who are more tactile in “normal” times.  Everybody knows somebody who’s a hugger, or the person who always touches people whilst they’re having a conversation (that’s me actually, probably why I’ve chosen hands-on treatments as my new career). 😊

If you think you might be struggling from lack of personal touch, try purchasing a weighted blanket.  They mimic the feel of being wrapped (swaddled) and can help to calm and relax you, and aid sleep if you’re finding a good night sleep elusive at the moment.

I’ll end there, because next time I’ll talk about how getting a good night’s sleep is good for you and some suggestions on how to get the sleep you need.

Take care everybody, bye for now.

Sue x

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