Most people instinctively know that touch from a trusted and caring individual is essential to feeling like a whole and human being. We use touch daily to express our feelings, opinions, and emotions in actions as simple as handshakes and as intimate as hugs. In our increasingly busy and hectic world, touching can easily be overlooked and forgotten though. Studies have even shown that when people are deprived of human touch, they can begin to suffer from serious medical and emotional issues.
This phenomenon is most obvious and even prevalent perhaps in elderly communities. As people age, they begin to see their families less and less as our culture has moved slowly away from regular home-based activity. They also begin to seek medical treatments more often that take place in sterile environments and under sometimes frightening conditions. While doctors and nurses are obviously interested in the well being of their elderly patients, medical practice has become more hi-tech and therefore less hands on, leading to less warmth, compassion, and human touch during times when it might be needed most. Simple contact is a strong sign of compassion and studies have shown that it is essential to our overall well-being. According to the Association for Psychological Science, compassion and a sense of connection with other people can actually help us speed up recovery from diseases and may even lead to longer life. Furthermore, the act of giving compassion may even be better for you than the act of receiving it.
Additionally, touch has been shown to have a myriad of other benefits including:
- Lower levels of anxiety
- Pain relief
- Better sleep
- Better skin
- More socialization
- Less agitated or aggressive behavior
At Elements Massage at Chandler Village, our massage therapists are highly trained and qualified. They understand the importance of touch in order to customize the experience to meet your needs and promote your well being.
Elements Therapeutic Massage Chandler Village (480) 917-4880