In our fast paced, technologically imbibed culture, simple things are often left by the wayside in day-to-day life. Sometimes it’s going an hour with your cell phone turned off, while other times it can be something as simple but more meaningful like a hug. Technology plays an increasingly obvious role in communication and maintaining familial relationships and friendships. However, the side effects of this cultural shift are often less obvious. Most of us now live in a touch-deprived world – rarely thinking about the implications of going so long without positive human contact.
It’s not just infants or the sick that needs to be cared for and comforted. Physical touch between humans is a natural and important part of wellbeing. The human touch reduces the release of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, anxiety, and physical tension. While it is difficult to take on the larger cultural and social norms of “no touching,” many of which are in place for good reasons, there is still something that everyone can do to reincorporate positive touching into his or her life. Therapeutic massage has been shown to facilitate many of the positive effects of touch – reducing stress, anxiety, tension, pain, and even helping with long-term illnesses such as fibromyalgia. It has also been associated with improved self-esteem, boosted immune system functioning, and better sleep.
This is not the all-encompassing answer to the technologically exacerbated isolation that occurs within modern culture, but massage therapy can be a huge step in a direction of improvement. At Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade our professional therapists want to work with you in order to help improve the amount of positive, healthy human contact in your life while also working with you towards better overall health.