Massage: Our Need For Touch

Massage: Our Need For Touch

Massage is popular among people of all ages. The highest number of massage recipients ranges between the ages of 25-34. Older clients (55-64) increased their visits by 20 percent in the year 2001. In all, massage therapists receive approximately 114 million visits per year, indicating the public's strong need for touch.

In a recent article in Massage Journal, Monica Roseberry revealed several ingredients employed by highly successful massage therapists. The number one ingredient for success was the desire to serve, to create change in a person's life through the healing art of touch. After the commitment to succeed and a strong emphasis on professionalism, dedication to excellent customer service was another key component to a therapist's success. Ms. Roseberry reported that clients seldom spoke of the modality or type of massage, but noticed little things such as temperature, music, essential oils, flowers, conversation and the number of minutes the session lasted. Roseberry's research indicates that massage is more than kneading muscles; it is providing acts of kindness that show how much the therapist cares.

In addition to the strength provided by the caring attitude of the therapist, scientific research shows that touching the body does in fact heal-emotionally and physically. Healing modalities that do not take into account the importance of touch miss a great deal in terms of the connection between body and mind. Many alternative therapists believe that emotions are often released through touch (such as what is experienced when using the Feelings Kit), and that releasing emotions actually clears internal pathways and is experienced by the patient as a type of unblocked energy flow.

One inherent beauty of massage is that a person does not have to be a trained therapist to share the “art” of touch. Therapeutic massage to relieve pain or to heal requires a license; but rubbing essential oils on another person's neck, shoulders and back can produce profound effects outside of the context of therapy. It goes without saying that boundaries must be respected and that the people applying and receiving the oils must have the purest intent.

In addition to the Raindrop Technique and the Feelings Kits, individual massage oils may be created to suit the personalities of specific individuals. Several drops of a favorite essential oil placed in a high-quality carrier oil base makes a much-appreciated gift, particularly when the offer is accompanied by one's caring touch.

Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043