The simple Handshake is a gesture dating back to the 5th century, it started as a showing that neither party was carrying a weapon, a symbol of peace and respect. When times are tough and you are having a bad day, very little is more comforting than a loving embrace. If you have not seen your friends or family for a while, what better way to greet them than with a hug? Taking a walk anywhere, hand in hand with your partner or your children creates a feeling of security and serenity.
The physical and emotional benefit of physical touch has been proven scientifically and can be so from the minute we are born.
The Kangaroo method, which is skin to skin contact between the infant and his or her caregiver has ensured the survival of many a premature baby and the thriving of many full-term babies. It is especially beneficial to orphaned babies, who will not feel a mothers loving touch, some of the benefits of this touch therapy are as follows;
- Keep his body warm.
- Keep his heart and breathing regular.
- Gain weight.
- Spend more time in deep sleep.
- Spend more time being quiet when awake and less time crying.
- Have a better chance of being able to breastfeed.
The simple act of a hug has so many benefits;
- Hugs reduce stress by showing your support.
- Hugs may protect you against illness.
- Hugs may boost your heart health.
- Hugs can make you happier.
- Hugs help to reduce your fears.
- Hugs may help reduce your pain.
- Hugs help you communicate with others.
But alas Covid struck and all of a sudden what was once so beneficial to us can put ourselves and our loved ones at great risk. We have all had to make a lot of changes to our lifestyles to adapt and survive. The fact is, that despite a child not liking vegetables it is still essential to their well-being to eat them. So we change our way of getting them to eat healthy food, and in the same way, we need to adapt our way of receiving much needed physical contact.
One such way is by getting a massage regularly, the benefits of this being multi-layered;
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
And another wonderful adaption that has happened over the last couple of years is that treatments are now mobile, which is perfect for the times we are facing. A fully qualified therapist comes to your home, avoiding public places and the risk of infection, obviously following strict Covid Protocols read more here.
It is a trying time for us all, and looking after our health (both physical and mental) should be our number one priority. We have so many restrictions that are new to us, but we have to find a safe way around it, to also ensure our mental and emotional well being. Take the good from every opportunity you can. Perhaps handshakes and hugs are no longer a part of our daily lives, so perhaps it’s time to make regular massage treatments a part of it. Do it for you!