Thursday, July 14, 2011

touch

The pressure of the hands causes the springs of life to flow.
- Tokujiro Namikoshi



What is it about touch?  I've been pondering the power of touch today after a friend did some Reiki on me to help heal a headache.  It didn't totally take my headache away but it did feel better.  Just having her hands on my head simply made me feel more relaxed and comforted. 

I think the importance of touch, like breathing, is so basic that we sometimes take it for granted.  Research has shown that touch plays a huge role in our mental and physical development and with our happiness and energy as adults.

I've been reflecting on all the ways touching has played a part in my life... from my husband to my children to my dying brother.  We convey so much by touching (or not touching).  What ways has touch been significant in your life?  I'd love to hear about it.  I find this whole subject fascinating. If you'd like to read more about the wonders of human touch check out this site. 

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  2. Isn't it interesting how much we need that connection to others? I think i've read that even the act of petting your dog or cat can help lower stress hormones (for both you and the pet!)

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  3. Newborns who don't get touched, die. It's so important for all of us!

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  4. Hi! Having studied Reiki myself, and a certified Yoga teacher we discussed the power of touch - the right touch - quite a bit. While I'm not one to go into a yoga class and consistently want hands on me - it's my time to just sink in and disappear, thinking about the fact that to some folks in that room, touch may be so much more. That adjustment during a triangle pose or dancer may be the only human touch they've had for a while. Not only are they assisted to go deeper into their pose (which is bliss in itself) - they've been given something many of us may take for granted. Beautiful post - and hi!

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  5. Just like Saretta touched on, it makes me think of the orphans in the Ukraine. Many don't develop because of lack of human touch. I have a dear friend that went over to serve with infant massage in the orphanages and to train others. When she got over there, a group of elderly women said, "We have been praying for years for someone to come and do infant massage. You are an answer to prayer."
    ~kristin

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  6. Isn't it like 10 hugs a day or something like that... obviously, I need a hug.

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