Think how wonderful a hug from a loved one feels. And maybe we could all do with a little more of the power of touch in our lives.
As a therapist, I see time and time again how much more relaxed and calm people are after a soothing massage. So why oh why do we keep on running about our daily lives loading up the stresses and strains without taking time out to look after our wellbeing?
Touch benefits us in so many ways. Research has clearly demonstrated the calming effect of human touch.
It is reassuring, comforting, soothing and relaxing. Emotionally it brings about feelings of inner peace and lessens anxiety.
Physically it reduces blood pressure, eases muscle fatigue and chronic pain and stimulates the blood circulation, enhancing the nourishment your cells can carry around your body.
Even our complexions can benefit. It improves our skin condition and removes toxins that can make us feel poorly.
In spite of all these obvious benefits, somehow we’ve learnt to feel guilty about nourishing ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Even though massage has been part of Chinese medical treatment going back 4000 years!
How many times do you hear yourself saying ‘I must treat myself more often’? Your car goes in for a regular service, but somehow our bodies are given less priority. Madness!
The Dalai Lama once told me (well not directly but I was in the room) that inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of tranquility.
In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness. That is very important. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances.