Thursday, April 22, 2010

Human touch can have a high price, but the cheapest touch has a higher payoff.....(orig. posted 9/25/09)

I'm thinking...


For example, there are hundreds of massage therapy clinics and numerous schools that teach people the art of massage. The students go to schools to learn how to take the holistic approach to relieve us of our tight, sore mucles...They are specialists who take their time to concentrate on our well-being. They understand the connection between body, (soul) and mind. Have you ever been so tired, sore, or exhausted physically that all you could do was just lay spread eagle on your bed or floor....and just let the soreness gradually melt away? Or when a water beads in a hot shower seemed to be the perfect mini-massage??? Or even when stressed (which is usually the cause of my soreness) you feel like a hot, steamed towel on the back of the neck could alleviate the tension....all these instances are cases where having a personal massuese would be WONDERFUL.....and yet again these are all PAID touches.....

At the same time, we tend to overlook the FREE hugs and kisses from loved ones, the reassuring hand on the shoulder to those who need encouragement, the firm handshake that can emulate respect, love, honest friendship, etc. from friends and even the quick smile when you can't say hello (I know smiles aren't a form of physical touch, but in my book they still count). There are times where a brief moment of physical touch can have a bigger payoff than that of a massage. Many say that after a massage, while they feel better, there still may be a little soreness from having their muscles worked. In a brief moment of physical touch in the sense of hugs, kisses, handshakes, there is that thing called endorphins that are released by the brain...you know the "feel good" hormones? That's because human touch generally invokes a favorable bond (great or small) between those who touched...and sometimes that produces enough of an endorphin release to counteract that soreness, sluggishness, or exhaustion we feel.

I think about all those back at home who I didn't always have the time to talk to, but made sure that I gave a hug to....and all those that I see now.....I can think of how sometimes, there is nothing that can be said to correct an issue but a hug or kiss on the cheek means more. It means that you have friends that care about you and your well being and that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind. There's no way to impulsively give someone a handshake or hug, those don't happen on accident, those are deliberate moves. Human touch is one of the ways to IMPACT someone's life that is FREE and BRIEF....I just don't understand how some place such a low importance on it.....

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE HAND......